What's Up, Tiger Lily?

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Director:
Woody Allen , Senkichi Taniguchi
Released:
1966
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What's Up, Tiger Lily? is a 1966 comedy that was originally the Japanese spy film International Secret Police: Key of Keys. Woody Allen bought the rights to the film and then dubbed over the characters' voices, creating a hilarious and very strange new plot. Phil Moskowitz (Tatsuya Mihashi), a crafty secret agent, is on a very important, deadly mission: he must retrieve the top-secret egg salad recipe stolen by the evil gangster Shepherd Wong (Tadao Nakamaru) and his sidekick, Wing Fat (Susumu Kurobe). Along for the ride are two beautiful, seductive sisters, Suki (Akiko Wakabayashi) and Teri Yaki (Mie Hama). Will Phil be able to recover the egg salad recipe for Grand Exalted High Majah of Raspur (Tetsu Nakamaru) before the gangsters use it for their evil purpose? What's Up, Tiger Lily? is a laugh-out-loud, ridiculous satire, featuring a lot of Japanese stereotypes, plenty of campy fun, and ridiculously out-of-place pop music by The Lovin' Spoonful.

Metacritic Score

  • 80

    Time Out London

    Sweet revenge for anyone who has sat through a foreign film suffering from a torrent of bad dubbing. For his first auteur-credit (!), Woody Allen got hold of a 1964 Japanese exploi...

  • 60

    The Guardian

    Woody Allen acquired the rights to a terrible Japanese Bond-style extravaganza, re-edited it and provided an incongruous soundtrack full of New York Jewish gags. The joke wears thi...

  • 40

    Empire David Parkinson

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

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Comedy

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Classics, Satire