This mockumentary follows the fictional career of Harvey Wallinger, ostensible chief aide and adviser to Richard Nixon, from Nixon's time as Eisenhower's vice-president through his loss in ... See full summary »
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
The original Japanese film's plot is about a search for a secret microfilm, not a recipe for egg salad. See more »
A glass filter is clearly seen being pulled away from the lens as Phil wakes up in the Sheik's palace. 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 »
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 »
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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