What's Up, Tiger Lily?
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Woody Allen took a Japanese spy movie called Kagi No Kagi, and replaced its original dialogue with an entirely new plot. In its revised state, this film follows the adventures of agent Phil Moskowitz who is on a deadly mission to secure the recipe for the "world's greatest egg salad." However, Moskowitz, with the help of the beautiful Suki and Terri Yaki, must prevent this unique recipe from falling into the hands of the evil Shepherd Wong. The group Lovin' Spoonful recorded the majority of the songs for this film. ~ Iotis Erlewine, Rovi
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Arguably Woody Allen's funniest movie."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Since dismissed as juvenile doodling by its author, the picture is actually an exercise in disjunctive radicalism, the word defeating the image."
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"It's so crazy that it works until halfway through, as that's when the gimmick becomes tiresome and the sophomoric one-liners lose their zip."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Hilarious Woody Allen comedy of dubbing."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"A curio for major Allen fans. In an ideal world it would probably work best as an DVD extra on Take The Money And Run."
‑ Jim Hall, Film4
"The production has one premise -- deliberately mismatched dialog -- which is sustained reasonably well through its brief running time."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"What's Up, Tiger Lily? is cleverly devised, hinging on a well-developed sense of the absurd."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Amusing redub from Woody Allen."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"reminds you of a time when Allen didn't have to try so hard"
‑ Chris Barsanti, Filmcritic.com
"Tasteless but grandly funny experiment."
‑ Gerry Shamray, Your Movies (cleveland.com)
"A jolly oddity."
‑ , Time Out
"Gimmicky but intermittently funny, Woody Allen's feature directing debut is based on the retooling and redubbing of a minor Japanese thriller-actioner with American actors."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Japanese spy flick dubbed into incomprehensible English; funny for a while but ultimately tedious"
‑ Daniel Eagan, Film Journal International
"Clever, but not nearly as funny as it thinks it is."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Funny in places but not Allen's best writing... and its difficult to get beyond the conceit."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
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