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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 Kokusai himitsu keisatsu: Kagi no kagi (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 (Kokusai himitsu keisatsu: Kagi no kagi (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,... Written by Huggo

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WOODY ALLEN STRIKES BACK! See more »


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Details

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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Did You Know?

Trivia

After the movie was taken out of Woody Allen's hands, Allen noted that his own voice had been dubbed over in the closing credits. 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

The Interviewer: Woody, since the story is a bit difficult to follow, would you mind giving the audience and myself a brief rundown on what's gone on so far?
Woody Allen: [casually] No.
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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 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!"
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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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