Review: ‘What’s Up, Tiger Lily?’

Take a Toho Films (Japan) crime meller [directed by Senkichi Taniguchi], fashioned in the James Bond tradition for the domestic market there, then turn loose Woody Allen and associates to dub and re-edit in camp-comedy vein, and the result is What's Up, Tiger Lily? The production has one premise - deliberately mismatched dialog - which is sustained reasonably well through its brief running time.

Take a Toho Films (Japan) crime meller [directed by Senkichi Taniguchi], fashioned in the James Bond tradition for the domestic market there, then turn loose Woody Allen and associates to dub and re-edit in camp-comedy vein, and the result is What’s Up, Tiger Lily? The production has one premise – deliberately mismatched dialog – which is sustained reasonably well through its brief running time.

Film opens cold with over three minutes of straightforward Japanese meller and chase footage until Allen pops up, explaining the format to follow. The Samurai posturing, to the non-sequitur dialog, is relieved regularly by stop-motion and other effects.

Allen’s cohorts, both in writing and dubbing, are Frank Buxton, Len Maxwell, Louise Lasser, Mickey Rose, Julie Bennett and Bryna Wilson.

What's Up, Tiger Lily?

Production

American International/Benedict. Director Woody Allen; Producer Henry G. Saperstein (exec.); Screenplay Woody Allen; Camera Kazuo Yamada; Editor Richard Krown; Music The Lovin' Spoonful

Crew

(Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1966. Running time: 79 MIN.

With

Woody Allen Tatsuya Mihashi Mie Hama Akiko Wakabayashi Tadao Nakamura Susumu Korobe
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