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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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One of the few Woody Allen films that doesn't work for me See more (68 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
The Lovin' Spoonful ... Themselves
Frank Buxton ... Vocal Assist (voice)
Len Maxwell ... Vocal Assist (voice)

Louise Lasser ... Vocal Assist (voice)
Mickey Rose ... Vocal Assist (voice)
Julie Bennett ... Vocal Assist (voice)
Bryna Wilson ... Vocal Assist (voice)
Tatsuya Mihashi ... Phil Moscowitz (archive footage)

Mie Hama ... Teri Yaki (archive footage)

Woody Allen ... Himself / Dub Voice / Projectionist
Akiko Wakabayashi ... Suki Yaki (archive footage) (as Kiko Wakabayashi)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hideyo Amamoto ... Cobra Man (archive footage) (uncredited)
Steve Boone ... Himself - The Lovin' Spoonful (uncredited)
Joe Butler ... Himself - The Lovin' Spoonful (uncredited)
Susumu Kurobe ... Wing Fat (archive footage) (uncredited)

China Lee ... Dancer in Credits (uncredited)
Kumi Mizuno ... Phil's Date (archive footage) (uncredited)
Tadao Nakamaru ... Shepherd Wong (archive footage) (uncredited)
Tetsu Nakamura ... Foreign Minister (archive footage) (uncredited)
Sachio Sakai ... Hoodlum (archive footage) (uncredited)
Zal Yanovsky ... Himself - The Lovin' Spoonful (uncredited)
Osman Yusuf ... Gambler (archive footage) (uncredited)

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

Produced by
Woody Allen .... associate producer
Reuben Bercovitch .... producer
Shin Morita .... producer: original japanese version (as Makoto Morita)
Henry G. Saperstein .... executive producer
Henry G. Saperstein .... producer
Tomoyuki Tanaka .... producer: original japanese version
 
Original Music by
The Lovin' Spoonful 
 
Cinematography by
Kazuo Yamada 
 
Film Editing by
Richard Krown (editorial supervisor)
 
Production Management
Jerry Goldstein .... production manager
 
Music Department
Jack Lewis .... music editor
The Lovin' Spoonful .... music performers
Fred Weinberg .... music score engineer
 
Other crew
Samuel Z. Arkoff .... presenter
Sue Kelly .... script supervisor
James H. Nicholson .... presenter
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:
The world premiere of this movie was at the Campus Theatre in East Lansing, MI.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When the Port of Yokohama is shown, the captions call it "Yokahama".See more »
Quotes:
Phil Moscowitz:Nothing much to report... oh, somebody tried to shoot me just before the opening credits.See more »
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12 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
One of the few Woody Allen films that doesn't work for me, 14 January 2005
Author: Brandt Sponseller from New York City

Woody Allen gives a Japanese-directed James Bond-styled actioner a new soundtrack, including different dialogue telling a new story. Allen's changes turn the film into a spy versus spy quest for the recipe of the world's best egg salad.

I'm a huge Woody Allen fan. The idea behind this film is promising and the basic premise of Allen's story, grafted on to a pre-existing film, International Secret Police: Key of Keys (Kokusai himitsu keisatsu: Kagi no kagi), from 1965, by Senkichi Taniguchi, is funny, if silly. However, this is one of the very few Allen films that just doesn't work for me. The Taniguchi film seems chopped up to a point of incoherence (maybe it's presented here in its entirety and in the same order, but that would mean that its running time is around 60 minutes or less), although that could be a factor of the changed dialogue. I found myself wishing there was an alternate soundtrack that was a legitimate dubbing of the original film.

Although there are a few very funny scenes, one-liners and ideas in Allen's new story, most of it isn't very funny. Too many scenes seem like they may be serious translations of the Japanese dialogue. There are too many occurrences of silly vocal noises, but not enough to make that a motif so that it's funny. There are too many long sections where the film is mostly boring. The untranslated beginning goes on far too long. The mini-interview with Allen that explains the film's premise would only be funny if it weren't true. The Lovin' Spoonful scenes aren't funny, and perhaps weren't intended to be--they seem like a studio attempt to try to put more butts in theater seats upon the film's release by featuring a popular rock group. It doesn't seem like Allen spent much time on this—the dialogue seems largely improvised and mostly disjointed. In short, the film is basically a mess, and only worth viewing for Woody Allen completist, and men with a serious Asian woman fetish (it's also worth noting that Taniguchi seems to share a foot fetish).

What would have worked better, and probably would have made the film much funnier, is if Allen would have written and directed both the film that we're seeing visually and a completely different story for the soundtrack. Much more time would have to be spent crafting each component to make them seem unrelated but coherent and funny. That's an experiment that remains to be done, to my knowledge.

There are enough positive aspects that the film doesn't deserve a 1--as I noted, there are times that What's Up, Tiger Lily is funny--but the best I can do is a 5 out of 10.

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