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 »
[while printing the microfilm code]
And now I will read you some ancient erotic poetry. "There once was a man from Nantucket..."
You fool! You're leading me on.
How do I know after I give you the recipe you won't kill me.
[runs his finger over his throat]
Kill you? Come on.
Does this look like the body of a killer?
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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 »
Over 20 years ago this film was acquired by Castle Hill Productions. The version that they have been distributing in the U.S. has been altered from the original version distributed by American International. These changes are primarily changes in the comic dubbed dialogue. For example, Kumi Mizuno chases after a car and yells "Hey! You've got my vibrator!" in the original U.S. version. This line has been changed to "Hey! That's a rented car!" See more »
It's not "Manhattan", it's not "Sleeper" and it's not "Small Time Crooks" but it's funny, it's wacky in that 60's way and it's not the bad stinker of a movie people here think it is. Watch it with a some friends or some beer (or both) and just enjoy it. Sour grapes because Woody did what a lot of film nerds want to do? And the whole "Saracen pigs! Saxon dogs! Roman cow!" when Phil Moskowitz karate chops villains is a precursor to Austin Powers' "judo chop". This movie is a one off, and a pretty good one off as well.
"Loooooooooooove has found meeeeeeeeeeeeee, and I have found the waaaaaaaaaaay!"
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