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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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Woody Allen (special material by), Frank Buxton (with writings by) | 7 more credits »

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Complete credited cast:
Woody Allen ... Woody Allen / Dub Voice / Projectionist
The Lovin' Spoonful The Lovin' Spoonful ... The Lovin' Spoonful
Frank Buxton ... Vocal Assist (voice)
Louise Lasser ... Suki Yaki (voice)
Julie Bennett ... Vocal Assist (voice)
Len Maxwell Len Maxwell ... Vocal Assist (voice)
Mickey Rose Mickey Rose ... 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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WOODY ALLEN STRIKES BACK! See more »


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Trivia

The two Japanese spy girls in the movie - Akiko Wakabayashi and Mie Hama - also appear together in the James Bond film You Only Live Twice (1967). See more »

Goofs

A glass filter is clearly seen being pulled away from the lens as Phil wakes up in the Sheik's palace. See more »

Quotes

Teri Yaki: [talking about Shepherd Wong] I'd call him a sadistic, hippophilic necrophile, but that would be beating a dead horse.
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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

Originally released in Japan as Kagi No Kagi (1964). The USA version features a completely new comedy storyline and dialogues by Woody Allen, with voices supplied by Allen and Louise Lasser among others. See more »

Connections

Referenced in What's Up, Hideous Sun Demon (1983) See more »

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Different version
11 April 2005 | by sockhop600See all my reviews

I have noticed several posts here about how people had seen this movie years ago and thought it was hysterical, but then have recently seen it on TV and wondered why they thought so back then. The answer is that you are probably watching a different version.

Although I am sure someone more in tune with the background of this movie can explain it in more precise and detailed terms, the version being shown on networks like TCM has been re-written, re-dubbed and is a lot less funny than the original. I have a copy from a 1982 video tape and that original version is great. I saw the TCM broadcast version and couldn't believe how badly the jokes were changed and how unfunny this film now is, most likely in the name of political correctness. I can certainly understand anyone being dissatisfied with the film as it is now. However, if you can, find an old video of this classic and watch it the way it was meant to be seen.


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Japan | USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

2 November 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Woody Allen's What's Up, Tiger Lily? See more »

Filming Locations:

Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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