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What's Up Tiger Lily? [DVD]

Woody Allen , The Lovin' Spoonful , Woody Allen , Senkichi Taniguchi    Parental Guidance   DVD
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Woody Allen, The Lovin' Spoonful, Frank Buxton, Len Maxwell, Louise Lasser
  • Directors: Woody Allen, Senkichi Taniguchi
  • Writers: Frank Buxton, Len Maxwell, Louise Lasser, Julie Bennett, Bryna Wilson
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Second Sight
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Feb 2001
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000056N5U
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 186,206 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

In 1966 Woody Allen took a 1964 Japanese spy film, added a soundtrack of his own, with new voices and new dialogue for all the characters, and the result was 'What's Up Tiger Lily?' The story concerns Phil Moscowitz, his fight against the international supervillain Shepherd Wong, and his search for the perfect egg salad recipe. The voices include Allen's own, along with Louise Lasser, Frank Buxton and Mickey Rose.

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What better way for writer-star Woody Allen to cash in on the success of What's New Pussycat? than to write a quickie exploitation comedy that makes fun of quickie exploitation films? In What's Up Tiger Lily? his actors dub new dialogue onto a ridiculous Japanese spy extravaganza. Allen's exquisite sense of the absurd is in fine form as espionage professionals pursue a top-secret recipe for egg salad. At one point during the planning of a break-in, a spy unfolds a map of their quarry's residence, explaining that the man "lives here". "He lives on that small piece of paper?" questions one of the henchmen. It's that silly. But it's often uproarious. Louise Lasser, Allen's former wife is among the voice actors. --Jim Emerson, Amazon.com

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, silly 'first' film from Woody Allen 16 Jun 2010
By K. Gordon TOP 500 REVIEWER
Many years before 'Mystery Science Theater 3000' popularized making fun of bad films to a whole new generation, Woody Allen - in his first 'directing' gig - had a field day completely re-dubbing this unintentionally silly Japanese spy film into a very intentionally silly comedy about the desperate search for the recipe for the perfect egg salad.

It has a few dry spells, and I thought the spliced in musical numbers by 'The Lovin' Spoonful' were pretty embarrassing in a now dated attempt to make the film 'hip'.

But where it's funny, it's very, very funny. And not only are there a slew of choice new lines, but the voice talents are all excellent, really capturing the awful, stiff voice acting we all got used to hearing in cheaply dubbed imports.

A one-of-a kind comedy, and worth checking out if you're in a silly mood, or are any sort of fan of Woody Allen's non-sequiters and wit. Yes, it's adolescent compared with where Allen would go just a few years later, but that doesn't mean it's not a lot of fun!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, silly 'first' film from Woody Allen 16 Jun 2010
By K. Gordon TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Many years before 'Mystery Science Theater 3000' popularized making fun of bad films to a whole new generation, Woody Allen - in his first 'directing' gig - had a field day completely re-dubbing this unintentionally silly Japanese spy film into a very intentionally silly comedy about the desperate search for the recipe for the perfect egg salad.

It has a few dry spells, and I thought the spliced in musical numbers by 'The Lovin' Spoonful' (not Allen's choice, apparently) were pretty embarrassing in a now dated attempt to make the film 'hip'.

But where it's funny, it's very, very funny. And not only are there a slew of choice new lines, but the voice talents are all excellent, really capturing the awful, stiff voice acting we all got used to hearing in cheaply dubbed imports.

A one-of-a kind comedy, and worth checking out if you're in a silly mood, or are any sort of fan of Woody Allen's non-sequiters and wit. Yes, it's adolescent compared with where Allen would go just a few years later, but that doesn't mean it's not a lot of fun!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Once upon a time there was a 1964 Japanese spy movie called "Kokusai himitsu keisatsu: Kagi no kagi" ("International Secret Police: Key of Keys." Then Woody Allen decided that if the Japanese could dub their monster movies into English, he could dub "Kagi no kagi" into English. The key difference, of course, is that Woody is trying to be funny on purpose. Whatever Interpol Agent Tatsuya Mihashi was up to in the original, he is now trying to track down a secret egg salad recipe. As somebody who actually remembers seeing this film in a movie theater, I still recall my roommate and I insulting each other and total strangers for several weeks with comments about "Roman dogs" and "Spartan pigs." I cannot really imagine committing this entire film to memory, but whether you are a fan of Woody Allen, badly dubbed Japanese movies, or James Bond spy movies, then you owe it to yourself to see this film once in your life. The most amazing thing is that this has not been done more often; after all, what bad movie could you not improve by totally redoing the dialogue and how much fun could you have doing something like this to a classic film like "Casablanca"? The Japanese original was actually followed by a 1967 sequel "Kokusai himitsu keisatsu: Zettai zetsumi" ("International Secret Police: Driven to the Wall") starring Nick Adams a year before his death from a drug overdose. That film had something to do with killer foam (no, I am not making that up).
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars For Woody Diehards and the Late Night Crowd 20 Oct 2008
By Philoctetes TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
What's Up, Tiger Lily?, is so unexpected within the Allen filmography, it can't help but have its novelty value. A bad Jap film from the 1960s, presented with a special english-language soundtrack by Woody, it is a weird crime drama transformed into a contest for possession for the best egg-salad recipe. Really.

Honestly, it's junk, but I did laugh out loud several times, and I should think admirers of bad cinema will enjoy the concept of overdubbing a bad foreign film and actually making it worse.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Woody Allen's admitted embarrasment 26 Feb 2001
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Woody Allen hated the result of this his first film project. In fact, the best thing you can say about »What's Up, Tiger Lily?« is that it is an interesting experiment: putting newly-written english words to an already recorded awful Japanese action film. The other good thing are the approx. two minutes in which Woody Allens appears, and the gorgeous 1960's-style Japanese girls.
There's no story; a few very funny (or rather: far out) laughs, mostly because of the extremely poor, nearly parodistic quality of the Japanese film; and that's about it.
An experience rather than an enjoyable quality film.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hit and miss - but when it hits, it HITS! 23 Jan 2002
Format:DVD
Not really a movie, but an entertaining curio. The gags can be embarassingly naive, but when they work, they will have you giggling helplessly at the absurdity of it. Loses steam a little towards the end, but this is the perfect drunken bloke film.
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So the premise is simple: Allen saw a 1964 Japanese spy movie called "Kokusai himitsu keisatsu: Kagi no kagi" ("International Secret Police: Key of Keys", then decided to dub over it in English for comedy purposes. So the premise now becomes that the lead James Bond style Interpol Agent Tatsuya Mihashi, is now trying to track down a secret egg salad recipe. If you love quick and witty one liners and absurdist, sometimes purile, sometimes surreal humour, then this is a great film, and very well done. There are those memorable lines that the lead character uses when in a punch up (initially towards a black assassin)l "Roman dogs", "Russian Swine","Spartan pigs" etc. But they are simply the most memorable (because they are repeated) and most quoted lines. The moment where Bond meets a prostitute and exclaims "Mother!" and the following moments ( i won't spoil it) are very funny indeed and had me howling. And i was engaged all the way through the film. It also made me want to see the original, as the movie was well shot, stylistic and there were also some beautiful actresses in the movie. If you are a fan of Woody Allen, badly dubbed Japanese movies, or James Bond spy movies, then you owe it to yourself to see this film once in your life. The most amazing thing is that this has not been done more often; after all, what bad movie or movie without subtitles could be improved or recreated by redoing the dialogue? The fun feels adlibbed and genuinely like everyone was enjoying themselves, and that to me, makes it more endearing. I certainly enjoyed this film a lot more that most of Allen's efforts of the last 10 years which have mostly been disappointing in my humble opinion. Ignore the more intellectual reviews of the Allen fans and have a chuckle, and enjoy Woody having fun.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable. Ignore the film critics, this is very funny!
So the premise is simple: Allen saw a 1964 Japanese spy movie called "Kokusai himitsu keisatsu: Kagi no kagi" ("International Secret Police: Key of Keys", then decided to dub over... Read more
Published on 14 Aug 2011 by Mr Underground
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, silly 'first' film from Woody Allen
Many years before 'Mystery Science Theater 3000' popularized making fun of bad films to a whole new generation, Woody Allen - in his first 'directing' gig - had a field day... Read more
Published on 16 Jun 2010 by K. Gordon
1.0 out of 5 stars possibly his worst film
Woody is my hero, but even heroes have off days. I love his comedies, his serious films, his slapstick, and even a "poor" Woody Allen film is worth watching. Read more
Published on 20 Nov 2008 by mc
1.0 out of 5 stars For the completist only.
As a huge Woody Allen fan i can confirm that this is his worst effort by a long shot, the only funny sequence in the entire film occuring during the closing credits when Woody... Read more
Published on 17 Dec 2007 by Mr. P. S. Bond
2.0 out of 5 stars Saxon dog !
Well, I have to say this seems more of an experiment than a film and Woody Allen has admitted himself that this isn't exactly his proudest moment.
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Published on 18 Oct 2001 by Mr. D. Woods
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible guff
This is one DVD I wish I'd never bought and will certainly never watch again. A huge Woody Allen fan, I ordered this given I had never seen it and could not find it on video or to... Read more
Published on 6 Sep 2001
2.0 out of 5 stars Woody Allen's admitted embarrasment
Woody Allen hated the result of this his first film project. In fact, the best thing you can say about »What's Up, Tiger Lily? Read more
Published on 26 Feb 2001
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