What's Up, Tiger Lily? Reviews
A precursor to doctored movie shows like Disasterpiece Theater and Mystery Science Theater 3000, with a re-editing of to Japanese films into one as well as a very funny re-dubbed dialogue.
It does have its racial gaffes but it delivers a great sense of humor and a great movie to consider for Xmas with the family.
Very laudable opera prima from Woody Allen. It got his foot through the door.
What's Up, Tiger Lily? is a redubbed and recut version of a Japanese Movie entitled "Japanese Secret Police: Key of Keys, only with all the dialogue thrown out the window and the story involving the quest for the perfect egg salad recipe. It really is genius. However, I feel I have to mention the negatives of this movie before I really go into how much I liked it. Like most commentary films (best I can describe it), there really are ups and downs in the film. Frankly, it is almost impossible to slag off an entire film and do it well. But the parts that are funny are golden.
Allen clearly has his reputation by this point in his career and exploits the hell out of it. He constantly shows up in the film as himself, explaining away his cuts as if he was a serious director. For anyone else, I don't think this would work (I'm sorry, Mike and Joel...the skits just aren't funny.) but Allen pulls it off with grace and sophistication.
This really is one of Woody Allen's greats. I watched this movie with non-Woody fans and they really got a kick out of this movie. So pretty much, there's no excuse not to rent it.