My 100 Favorite Films. Entry #35: What's Up, Tiger Lily?

What's Up, Tiger Lily? (1966)
written by Woody Allen, Julie Bennett, Frank Buxton, Louise Lasser, Len Maxwell, Mickey Rose and Bryan Wilson
directed by Woody Allen (original film directed by Senkichi Taniguchi)
starring Tatsuya Mihashi, Akiko Wakabayashi and Mie Hama
country: usa / japan
genre: comedy

Visuals: 5
Writing: 9
Everyday watchability: 8

If you don't know about What's Up, Tiger Lily, it's Woody Allen's first motion picture. Instead of shooting his own film, he took a Japanese spy flick and replaced all of the dialogue with his own plotline involving finding the recipe for the world's greatest egg salad sandwich. It's silly, inane and utterly hilarious. It's nice seeing Woody Allen without getting his neuroses jammed down your throat. It's him being ludicrous and witty and uninhibited by self-abasement.

Suki: Name three US presidents.
Phil: Roosevelt. McKinley. Lincoln?
Grand High Macha of Rashpur: These girls will do anything for you.
Phil: Anything?!
Macha: Get the recipe, ass…
Sheperd Wong: Approach me.
Sheperd Wong: I want to thank you…for clearing up my sinuses.
Interviewer: Woody, since the story is a bit difficult to follow, would you mind giving the audience and myself a brief rundown on what's gone on so far?
Woody Allen: No.

2 comment(s).:

September 6, 2010 at 7:43 AM Timberati said...

I need that recipe now!

September 6, 2010 at 11:25 AM Lee said...

Well according to the movie, it's this: Take two hard-boiled eggs, a tablespoon of mayonnaise, add a pinch of salt…