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Whats Up Tiger Lily?


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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: Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Paradox
  • Release Date: June 16 2009
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001URA5VG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #64,612 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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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!

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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 some respects What's Up Tiger Lily? is a forerunner of Mystery Science Theater 3000, only instead of having actors sit back and make sarcastic comments about a cheapo movie, here they dub new dialog 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 (and co-star of Bananas and future star of TV's Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman) is among the voice actors. --Jim Emerson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Ever watch a Japanese movie with really bad, dubbed English? Well, in What's Up, Tiger Lily, Woody Allen went out and bought a Japanese spy movie, completely removed the audio track, and substituted his own, along with some minor editing of some scenes. The result is a pretty funny movie about world-class espionage and egg salad.
The 'Allenized' (my own word, don't bother looking it up, as it's not in the dictionary) plot involves the theft of the world's greatest egg salad recipe, and the lengths some will go to recover it. There are guns, beautiful woman, car chases, fights, more guns, action, and a marriage between a snake and a rooster. I will admit some of the dubbed dialogue doesn't work so well, but there are a great number of truly funny scenes and hilarious lines. During one of the fight scenes, Phil Moscowitz, the main character, yells out, 'Saracen pig! Spartan dog! Take this! And this! Roman cow! Russian snake! Spanish fly!' which had me rolling on the floor. The laughs are not always forthcoming, but when they do come, they hit hard, in my opinion. The scenes with the Cobra man were worth it alone for me to watch.
Woody is not really in the movie, except for inter cut scenes at the beginning, middle and very end. I kind of wish he had done one of the voices in the dubbing, but you can sense his comedic style of writing throughout the movie. Also included is a wonderful music score by The Lovin' Spoonful and they even make an appearance or two, with the help of some crafty editing.
As far as extras on the disc, you can choose to watch the movie with either the original, dubbed track or one created for television. There is even a comprehensive section where you can go in and compared the two sometimes subtlety different tracks.
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By Randy Keehn on Jan. 27 2004
Format: DVD
Woody Allen came up with, I believe, an original concept when he put together "What's up Tiger Lily?" back in 1966. He took a Japanese "B" movie and eliminated the soundtrack. This enabled him to dub in a completely new script which played on a lot of the scenes while creating an inane plot. I saw it at the movie theater when it came out and I thought it was hillarious. (As a young teenager, I also retained a somewhat vivid memory of the ending). I was watching some more recent works of Woody Allen recently and the movie came back to mind. I looked it up and ordered it through Amazon.com and thoroughly enjoyed it. I wasn't tempted to rate it a "5" because there were some stretches between laughs. However, in all fairness, Allen did have to put together some sort of a plot and follow the film he was spoofing. If it was all gags, it wouldn't have worked as well as it did. There were times I really cracked up laughing and I know I'll laugh again the next time I watch it. Maybe this concept has been copied since "What's up Tiger Lily?" but I guess once was enough for Woody Allen. This movie is one of the better ones from his early years as a writer/director. I certainly am glad I picked up again after all these years. I don't ever recall seeing it available on TV.
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I'm a big fan of Woody Allen, especially his earlier work.
This is, oddly enough, the film that got me into Woody Allen in the first place. It's rewritten dialog performed by Woody and some other actors, and it's totally hammed up. Some of the voices are great -- everybody has one line at some point that really just works perfectly with the absurd voice they've got.
Is it as intelligent as most Woody Allen films? Absolutely not -- it's just ridiculous dialog about the search for the ultimate egg salad recipe. It's long on throwaway lines and just ridiculous, almost Mystery Science Theater 3000 comments, and short on the usual jokes about death, dying, or Bergman.
However, it'd be totally inappropriate to have all of that stuff in this movie. Let's face it, this movie is just a silly, unpretentious exercise. The problem is that while it's usually funny -- laugh out loud funny at times -- it's uneven. Sometimes it can fly by, but frequently, it feels like it bogs down for a while, and the jokes wear thin.
This is a great movie if you like Mystery Science Theater 3000 type treatments, but if you can't stand them, I would avoid this at all costs. If you're a Woody Allen fan, chances are you'll like it, but it's a movie that definitely merits a rental first. I have a number of friends who are Woody fans that don't like this movie one bit. Likewise, I know a number of people who like this movie that can't stand Annie Hall (which makes me wonder what's wrong with them).
If you like absurd comedy with strange dialog, this is definitely up your alley.
Also, extra cool: The makers included the original and alternate dialog tracks (there are two Woody Allen dialog tracks, subtly different -- not a Japanese and English version) -- so you can pick what version you like. There's also a comparison that calls out the major differences in the special features, plus the egg salad recipe is hidden on the disc.
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The 60's were definitely a time for experimentation, and breaking barriers, so perhaps this concept made sense then. Take a Japanese action movie, remove the soundtrack and dialog, have Woody Allen write an entirely different script to convert it to a comedy, and then dub the dialog in English, with new music and added scenes, and the result is What's Up Tiger Lily?
The supposed plot of this disjointed farce, follows secret agent Phil Moscowitz in his quest to recover a secret formula for egg salad. Coming up with "suitable" comedic dialog to "match" the action on-screen, is a reactionary process. Writing in this manner, occasionally produces humorous dialog that works with some of the scenes. However, creating any kind of cohesive storyline out of these individual jokes and gags, is a task the writing can't accomplish.
Applying references from American and Jewish culture, to a Japanese film, is one of the sources for the humor, but many times the writing strives too hard to be funny, going overboard for cheap laughs, with an endless stream of one liners. A limited number of voices are used for the dubbing, and the vocal delivery style is reminiscent of a Shaw Brothers production. Both of which, get monotonous after a while.
The film's credits list "A no star cast". Featured are actresses Mie Hama (Teri Yaki), and Akiko Wakabayashi (Suki Yaki), who both would appear the following year in the James Bond film, You Only Live Twice (1967). Actor Tatsuya Mihashi, who plays Moscowitz, may be also be known for playing a Japanese Army officer, in Frank Sinatra's war film None But the Brave.
The music of the Lovin' Spoonful is featured in the film, and the group appears playing a couple of songs.
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