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Release Date:
2 November 1966 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
...IT'S ALL ABOUT LIFE, LOVE...FUN See more »
Plot:
In comic Woody Allen's film debut, he took the Japanese action film "International Secret Police: Key of Keys" and re-dubbed it, changing the plot to make it revolve around a secret egg salad recipe. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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not for all tastes, but if you're in the right crazy-comedy mode it could be one of Woody's funniest films See more (67 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Tatsuya Mihashi ... Phil Moscowitz (archive footage)
Akiko Wakabayashi ... Suki Yaki (archive footage)

Mie Hama ... Teri Yaki (archive footage)

John Sebastian ... Himself (as The Lovin' Spoonful)
Tadao Nakamaru ... Shepherd Wong (archive footage)
Susumu Kurobe ... Wing Fat (archive footage)
Sachio Sakai ... Hoodlum (archive footage) (as A No Star Cast)
Hideyo Amamoto ... Cobra Man (archive footage)
Tetsu Nakamura ... Foreign Minister (archive footage) (as A No Star Cast)
Osman Yusuf ... Gambler (archive footage) (as A No Star Cast)

Woody Allen ... Himself / Dub Voice / Projectionist
Zal Yanovsky ... Himself (as The Lovin' Spoonful)
Joe Butler ... Himself (as The Lovin' Spoonful)
Steve Boone ... Himself (as The Lovin' Spoonful)
Frank Buxton ... Dub Voice (voice)

Louise Lasser ... Dubbed voice (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Len Maxwell ... Dubbed Voice
Kumi Mizuno ... Phil's Date (archive footage)
Mickey Rose ... Voice

China Lee ... Dancer in Credits (uncredited)

Directed by
Woody Allen 
Senkichi Taniguchi 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Woody Allen 
Julie Bennett 
Frank Buxton 
Louise Lasser 
Len Maxwell 
Mickey Rose 
Bryan Wilson 

Produced by
Woody Allen .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
The Lovin' Spoonful 
 
Cinematography by
Kazuo Yamada 
 
Film Editing by
Richard Krown 
 
Music Department
Jack Lewis .... music editor
The Lovin' Spoonful .... music performers
Fred Weinberg .... music score engineer
 
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Samuel Z. Arkoff .... presents
Phill Norman .... titles
 

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80 min | Spain:76 min (DVD edition)
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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Trivia:
Woody Allen and a group of friends only did 60 minutes of dialogue for the movie. An additional 19 minutes was recorded using an actor mimicking Allen, plus footage of The Lovin' Spoonful. These additions were made without Allen's consultation.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When the Port of Yokohama is shown, the captions call it "Yokahama".See more »
Quotes:
Shepherd Wong:I didn't order any fumigation! It's Wing Fool, you fat! I mean... it's Wing Fat, you fool!See more »

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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
not for all tastes, but if you're in the right crazy-comedy mode it could be one of Woody's funniest films, 16 August 2006
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

In its own nature, the film being made fun of within the film What's Up, Tiger Lily is inherently silly. It's a James Bond rip-off done to the Nth degree, where based on only a few films its Japanese B-movie counterpart does everything just in imagery alone to make it a ludicrous action-movie experience. Just in the opening moments, even before Woody Allen appears on the screen to explain the method to the madness in the film, is quite funny in a bad-movie sort of way. And I think that it's probably not too unexpected that it puts a divide in Woody Allen's audience. There's the group that's more into just his later style of wit and humor, and I can tell that for those it's not surprising to see some not really 'getting' into this style of wacky, off-the-wall, cartoon humor. But after seeing a couple of more dramatic films recently, this one really did the trick. It's the film that was the most likely to spawn the underground Night of the Living Dead parody of 1991, along with Kung Pow (the former being better than the latter), but it also has a kin-ship, if not ascendancy, of the ZAZ comedies of the late 70s and 80s, and even a tinge of Mel Brooks.

So, for me, this is actually one of my favorite Woody Allen comedies. Not really up as high in terms of cinematic 'quality' (in terms of craftsmanship, I mean) as his 70s films, but with material like this, it's almost required not to carp. Woody and his team of writers and voice actors almost have it cut out for them. There's much to wonder, perhaps, in what the 'real' plot of this Japanese spy film (Kokusai himitsu keisatsu: Kagi no kagi, or International Secret Police: Key of Keys) is almost as funny as what the writers come up with. Spies and assassins are on the look out for, get this, an Egg salad recipe! But, of course, this is just as much a gimmick as is, well, much of the rest of what comes out of the actor's mouths. At times I wasn't even sure if it was all Woody Jokes, or which were (twenty minutes, apparently, are not by Woody Allen's group but by someone else, though it's hard to tell which is a credit to most involved), but I didn't care. It's got the kind of jokes that, on a certain plain, can allow you to laugh like an idiot.

Certain gags just come with the territory of the film itself, and are heightened by the added bits during fights. But much of the film is based on the wit Woody's known for, though here sometimes to equally 'bad-pun' and juvenile terms, even featuring (practically never in any of his other films) rock and roll and cartoon-like voices (my favorite the snake-obsessed henchman) right out of Looney Tunes and Ren & Stimpy. So many lines strike up laughs to greater or lesser degrees it's hard to really spot them out, but it's suffice to say that by the time it's done- and through its end credits featuring an eye-exam- you'll know whether you'll want to watch it again like a ZAZ or Brooksfilm to memorize the quotable lines and bits, or put it in the lower, deeper-to-find section in your video collection. Things like a spy who bursts into an operatic love song during tense confrontation scenes, and with puns like "two Wong's don't make a right", are what you can expect in this film, but there's more, and it will either ignite the anything-goes funny button, or just not do it for you. One thing's for sure, you'll never see the Lovin' Spoonful the same way again.

By the way, this review reflects the Woody Allen dub of the movie (of what's 2/3 there anyway), and it's available on the DVD; recommended over the other dub that's been floating around too.

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