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
When the Port of Yokohama is shown, the captions call it "Yokahama". See more »
I didn't order any fumigation! It's Wing Fool, you fat! I mean... it's Wing Fat, you fool!
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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 »
The rereleased videocassette has dubbed-in lines that were not in the original film. Among the differences:
A segment where Shepherd Wong admires women in their underwear and refers to them as "the best shipment of meat we've had this year" is replaced by dialogue in the style of a halftime pep-talk, complementing them on their uniforms.
While two men watch an exotic dancer, one comments, "She was even better in The Sound of Music." This has been replaced by "Hold on, she's just getting warmed up."
As Wing Fat beats up Phil Moscowitz, he shouts, "This is for Sonny Tufts! This is for John Wayne! And this is for the Flying Wallenda Brothers!" The last has been replaced by, "This is for the owner of this theatre!"
i have seen this movie several times. it is funny. it is amazing to watch the actor's gestures and facial expressions and realize that the story they are acting is not the one you are hearing. the original story must have been a little silly as well. a lot different from most other Woody Allen films, but still very funny. this movie has that wonderful sixties feeling to it. mystery science theater and the who's line is it any way guys must have gleaned some inspiration from this film. something of a James bond spoof. the guy who repeatedly bursts into song still makes me laugh just thinking about it. this is the kind of movie that will make you want to repeat the dialog in real life just to be a silly person.
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