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What's Up, Tiger Lily?

4 out of 5 stars 86 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

An evil mastermind with an addiction to egg salad! Sadistic, torture- hungry double crossers! Gorgeous girls hungry for lovin'! A weird marriage between a cobra and a chicken! Only one man is daring, clever and sexy enough to take on this kind of mission: superspy Phil Moscowitz! Woody Allen spoofs the spy thriller in one of his funniest films, a nonstop frenzy of skewed wit, hilarious parody and sidesplitting wackiness. With dialogue rewritten and redubbed for a Japanese James Bond-style movie, What's Up, Tiger Lily? turns the sex-and-danger world of filmdom's spy game upside down!

Special Features

  • Includes original theatrical and alternate television audio tracks

Product Details

  • Actors: Eisei Amamoto, Steve Boone, Joe Butler, Frank Buxton, Mie Hama
  • Directors: Woody Allen, Senkichi Taniguchi
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 15, 2003
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009Q4W7
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,726 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "What's Up, Tiger Lily?" on IMDb

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Format: VHS Tape
Thus utters "Wing Fat", Japanese gangster and Wayne Newton lookalike, in Woody Allen's "What's Up, Tiger Lily?" in reference to a much-coveted secret egg salad recipe.
"What's Up, Tiger Lily?" has, in my opinion, always been looked upon as Mr. Allen's filmic poor relation. To the yuppified, nouvelle cuisine-eating self-appointed Allen "aficionados", "Tiger Lily" is a cinematic Nathan's hot dog. What a shame, because it is a very funny, unpretentious, inspired piece of nonsense. Mr. Allen took a 1960s Japanese James Bond [pretend] film, wiped out the dialogue track and, with the help of some very talented performers (including his then-wife Louise "Mary Hartman" Lasser), dubbed in some of the funniest dialogue ever heard on screen. I can't even guess what the plot of the original film was (it's actually pretty [darn] funny without the dialogue), but after Mr. Allen finished with it, the drama centers around the coveted egg salad recipe. The recipe has been stolen from Raspur, a "nonexistent yet real-sounding country", and rival bad guys Shepperd Wong and Wing Fat both want it for their own sinister purposes. Hero Phil Moscowitz (played by Matt Helm [pretend] Tatsuo Mihashi) plays double agent in this mishigas (in between his womanizing shenanigans, unsuccesfully trying to seduce Japanese dolls Miss Teri Yaki and her sister Suki). One must wonder which filmmaker copied who, because actresses Mie Hama and Akiko Wakabayashi, who played the Yaki sisters, both went on to star opposite Sean Connery in the James Bond opus "You Only Live Twice" a few years later! I won't go any further into the plot line of this film, thin as it is, nor will I spoil the fun by quoting the dialogue, but I will simply say that the film is very, very funny and not for the slow-witted.
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Format: VHS Tape
Beware : this is an edited version of What's Up Tiger Lily. Some of the dialogue has been changed or erased, resulting in a far less funny movie than it originally was. I have no idea who is responsible for the butchering of this film - whether Woody authorized it or not - but it is not the movie I have seen 10+ times.
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In 1966, Woody Allen was given his chance to direct his first film (which he wrote and starred in as well). His job was to make a spy thriller and sure enough, he came up with something different. The film studio purchased the rights to the Japanese films "International Secret Police: A Barrel of Gunpowder" and "International Secret Police: Key of Keys" (Kagi no Kag) and Allen pretty much had the scenes from both films rearranged and edited to create one film, strip all the sound and redub it to make a comedy. The result is "What's Up, Tiger Lily?".


"what's up, tiger lily?" is presented in the original aspect ratio of 2:35:1 and is enhanced for 16:9 TV's. Picture quality for this 1966 film is actually pretty good on DVD. I have read that many people prior to the DVD release, they watched really bad versions of the film and thus, Image Entertainment's release of the film was amazing. The film contains a little grain and I didn't notice any major dust, scratches or film warping.

As for the audio, audio is presented in Dolby Digital mono and is center channel driven. But for those with a modern home theater receiver, may feel it best to have audio set at audio on all channels (esp. for those with 5.1 or 7.2 or higher setups).

There are no subtitles included in this DVD release.


It is generally known that Woody Allen is not a big fan of special features for his films on DVD and wants the focus to be on the film. But for "what's up, tiger lily?", you do get an audio selection for the dialogue used for the original theatrical version and an alternate version (which is literally a toned down dialogue).
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A woman steps into the room wearing a towel. She and her lover gaze longingly at each other. "Name three presidents!" she says. In the wake of his early success, Allen purchased the rights to an extra-cheesy Japanese spy thriller, threw out the entire soundtrack, then wrote and dubbed in a new script. Mix in a "what has this got to do with anything?" soundtrack by the folk-rock 60s group The Lovin' Spoonful and a few new scenes, and the result is Allen's infamous WHAT'S UP, TIGER LILY? And it is one of the most bizarre movies you're likely to see this lifetime, a film which has attained cult-movie status of the highest order.
The movie is uneven--but that is actually part of its charm. Where else can you see big-haired 60s mamas get down like psycho killers to the innocuous music of The Lovin' Spoonful? Or tacky special effects, inept hop-and-chop fighting, and ridiculously bad cinematography reworked into the story of a bunch of spies on the track of a recipe for the world's best egg salad? And some of the lines are a hoot and a half. My own favorite: "Bring plenty of dynamite. It's a big mother!" Hardcore Allen fans, who often approach him as if he were God, will probably be embarrassed by this movie. Allen himself is pretty embarrassed: he's been trying to live it down for years. But if you have a taste for the bizarre--not to mention some good, I mean REALLY good egg salad--TIGER LILY is the movie for you. Recommended to egg salad junkies, bad hop-and-chop movie watchers, and cult-film enthusiasts everywhere.
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