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What's Up, Tiger Lily?

What's Up, Tiger Lily? (1966)

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Woody Allen took a Japanese spy movie called Kagi No Kagi, and replaced its original dialogue with an entirely new plot. In its revised state, this film follows the adventures of agent Phil Moskowitz who is on a deadly mission to secure the recipe for the "world's greatest egg salad." However, Moskowitz, with the help of the beautiful Suki and Terri Yaki, must prevent this unique recipe from falling into the hands of the evil Shepherd Wong. The group Lovin' Spoonful recorded the majority of the

Jul 15, 2003

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Arguably Woody Allen's funniest movie.

May 10, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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The production has one premise -- deliberately mismatched dialog -- which is sustained reasonably well through its brief running time.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Variety
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A jolly oddity.

February 11, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Since dismissed as juvenile doodling by its author, the picture is actually an exercise in disjunctive radicalism, the word defeating the image.

May 10, 2013 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

What's Up, Tiger Lily? is cleverly devised, hinging on a well-developed sense of the absurd.

May 10, 2013 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Gimmicky but intermittently funny, Woody Allen's feature directing debut is based on the retooling and redubbing of a minor Japanese thriller-actioner with American actors.

August 27, 2010 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

It's so crazy that it works until halfway through, as that's when the gimmick becomes tiresome and the sophomoric one-liners lose their zip.

May 27, 2010 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Amusing redub from Woody Allen.

April 9, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Japanese spy flick dubbed into incomprehensible English; funny for a while but ultimately tedious

June 21, 2005
Film Journal International

Hilarious Woody Allen comedy of dubbing.

October 25, 2004

reminds you of a time when Allen didn't have to try so hard

July 30, 2003 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Clever, but not nearly as funny as it thinks it is.

June 15, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

A curio for major Allen fans. In an ideal world it would probably work best as an DVD extra on Take The Money And Run.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Tasteless but grandly funny experiment.

January 25, 2003
Sun Newspapers of Cleveland

Funny in places but not Allen's best writing... and its difficult to get beyond the conceit.

February 21, 2001 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Like a magazine piece, it allows Allen distance from the project

January 1, 2000 Full Review
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Audience Reviews for What's Up, Tiger Lily?

What's Up, Tiger Lily? is a great idea and pretty ahead of its time. It does start a bit slow and the original film looks as if it was probably a bit of a farce anyway, so spoofing it doesn't always work. It is Allen's injections of signature comedy that really works, it's mildly amusing throughout with a couple of real laugh out loud moments. It's these laugh out loud moments that make up for the quieter scenes and makes it well worth a watch. The voice over's are consistently brilliant.
August 15, 2013
SirPant

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Woody Allen's directorial debut was an interesting experiment at the time: redubbing International Secret Police: A Barrel of Gunpowder and ISP: Key of Keys (two pre-existing Japanese James Bond-esque films) with comedic English dialogue (a definite early precursor to Mystery Science Theater 3000). The film on screen, of course, is utterly ridiculous, and Allen conjures up some good lines such as, "It's a great film! It's got rape and looting," and "I have nude pictures that I will send to every grade school in Tokyo. Unless you're confident with your body, you're in for trouble", and there's even some clever participatory lines such as "Applaud so the gun will magically have more bullets," but the novelty wears off pretty quickly. In the end, it's hard to escape the fact that, even with the new dialogue, an audience still has to sit through the movie on screen. There are some awkward and bizarre musical interludes from The Lovin' Spoonful (which happened without Allen's consent, and propelled him to insist on musical control over his films) and their inclusion, both sonically and visually, is completely nonsensical. It appears as if he and his collaborators had a few good ideas here and there, but sporadic ideas does not a movie make.
March 20, 2011
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Jonathan Hutchings

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After writing and appearing in the film, "What's New Pussycat?", Woody Allen was approached by producers to write an english language dub of the japanese spy thriller "International Secret Police: Key of Keys". He agreed to do it, but only if he could re-work the storyline, which now centers around a group of spies pursuing the "world's best egg salad". Yes, I know it sounds wacky, but those expecting Allen's usual satirical wit will undoubtedly be disappointed, as it's a far cry from his films from the 70s. Still, I got quite a few chuckles from it, and there were certain scenes that out and out cracked me up. I also enjoyed the incongruous appearance of The Lovin' Spoonful, even if they were added later without Woody's consent. It's definitely a unique film experience, and probably the first of it's kind.
May 21, 2010
Mr Awesome
Devon Bott

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Good, a little strange, but funny.
October 30, 2009
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