What's Up, Tiger Lily? Poster

Release Date: 1966

DVD Release Date: July 15th, 2003

PG|1 hr 20 min

Plot Summary
A low-rent Japanese spy flick gets a kitschy rewrite from Woody Allen. With hilarious new dubbed dialogue, the revamped movie follows the efforts of secret agent Phil Moskowitz (Tatsuya Mihashi) to uncover the world's best egg salad recipe. Aiding him in his important culinary mission are gorgeous Suki Yaki (Akiko Wakabayashi) and her sister Teri Yaki (Mie Hama). But Moskowitz will have to watch out -- crime boss Wing Fat (Susumu Kurobe) is also on the mayonnaise-and-dill drenched trail.

Cast: Woody Allen, Tatsuya Mihashi, Mie Hama, Akiko Wakabayashi, Tadao Nakamura, China Lee, Susumu Kurobe, John Sebastian

Director: Woody Allen

Genres: Comedy

Keywords: Quest, Prison, Hilarious, Underdog, Sister, Madcap, Witty

Ratings & Reviews

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  • 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 thin, but there are good laughs along the way. Allen's then-wife Louise Lasser and friend Mickey Knox help out. show more

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

  • 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 exploitation thriller and exploited it for his own ends, dubbing it delightfully with gags and Hollywood clichés. Enough one-liners to leave you with happy memories. A jolly oddity. show more

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