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What's Up, Tiger Lily? (1966)

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In Woody Allen's directorial debut, he took the Japanese action film Key of Keys (1965) and re-dubbed it, changing the plot to make it revolve around a secret egg salad recipe.

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Cast

Cast overview:
Woody Allen ... Woody Allen / Dub Voice / Projectionist
The Lovin' Spoonful The Lovin' Spoonful ... The Lovin' Spoonful
Frank Buxton ... Vocal Assist (voice)
Len Maxwell Len Maxwell ... Vocal Assist (voice)
Louise Lasser ... Suki Yaki (voice)
Mickey Rose Mickey Rose ... Vocal Assist (voice)
Julie Bennett Julie Bennett ... Vocal Assist (voice)
Bryna Wilson Bryna Wilson ... Vocal Assist (voice)
Tatsuya Mihashi ... Phil Moscowitz (archive footage)
Mie Hama ... Teri Yaki (archive footage)
Akiko Wakabayashi ... Suki Yaki (archive footage) (as Kiko Wakabayashi)
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Storyline

Writer/director Woody Allen explains that when he was asked to supervise the making of the definitive spy thriller, what he decided to do was acquire the rights to a B-grade Japanese spy caper (Key of Keys (1965)) filmed with Japanese actors in Japanese, delete the existing soundtrack, and redub into English and reorder select scenes to create an entirely new movie, a comedy, having nothing to do with the original story-line. The result... International spy Phil Moscowitz, working out of the Asia bureau, is a self-professed lovable rogue with sex always on his mind. He inadvertently gets involved in a mission, the client the Grand Exalted High Majah of Raspur. The success of the mission will determine if Raspur, a non-existent country that nonetheless sounds real, will indeed become real. Moscowitz is to retrieve something stolen from the Majah by criminal Shepherd Wong: the best ever egg salad recipe. Phil is to be assisted by two of the Majah's own agents, sisters Teri and Suki Yaki... Written by Huggo

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...IT'S ALL ABOUT LIFE, LOVE...FUN See more »


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Country:

Japan | USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

2 November 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lily la tigresse See more »

Filming Locations:

Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The original Japanese film's plot is about a search for a secret microfilm, not a recipe for egg salad. See more »

Goofs

When the Port of Yokohama is shown, the captions call it "Yokahama". See more »

Quotes

Phil Moscowitz: I thought you said you loved me!
Wing Fat: I love you in my own way.
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Crazy Credits

In the closing credits, Woody Allen watches a striptease. The credits appear on the right side of the screen as the striptease goes on and at the end there is a statement: "And if you have been reading this instead of looking at the girl, then see your psychiatrist, or go to a good eye doctor." And then an eye chart appears. See more »

Alternate Versions

The 2003 DVD release of this film contains both the original Woody Allen dubbing, and the revised audio track. See more »

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Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #33.122 (2017) See more »

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I will tell you a true story.
5 July 2000 | by roarshockSee all my reviews

It's rather too late for YOU, the reader, but "What's Up, Tiger Lily?" is best seen cold, when you know NOTHING about it AT ALL. So the only thing I will say is that years and years ago a friend of mine saw it the theater and laughed constantly ALL the way through it. When the movie was over he had to be taken to the hospital because he kept on laughing and nothing could make him stop. True story.


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