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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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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 project was originally offered to Lenny Bruce, but he turned it down and suggested they offer it to Woody Allen instead. See more »

Goofs

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

UK versions are cut by 8 secs under the Cinematograph Films (Animals) Act 1937 to remove a shot of a snake attacking a chicken in a cage. See more »

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What's up, tiger lily? Whoa-o-o-o-o-oh
25 October 2005 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

Ever seen a Japanese man with a Jewish name? Now you will! Making his directorial debut, Woody Allen takes a Japanese spy movie and re-dubs it into being a search for the world's best egg salad recipe. You read that right. This is, after all, from the man who brought us "Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex...". The dialogue mostly sounds like the sort of comments that we would expect to hear on "MST3K", with a few exceptions. As for the Lovin' Spoonful, you'll just have to see what you think of their appearance in the movie. But overall, "What's Up, Tiger Lily?" is really funny. An interesting follow-up to "What's New, Pussycat?".


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