What’s Up, Tiger Lily is technically Woody Allens directorial debut; although that is a stretch as he actually did very little directing. The film is highly unique in the strangest way possible. Essentially the film is a Japanese action film re-dubbed by Allen to be a comedy; the effect is very strange and has as many problems as it does good points.

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The story which Allen creates is a ridiculous spy plot involving a secret recipe for egg salad. Various characters chase after this recipe with a wide array of consequences which with the dubbing seem entirely nonsensical and I spent much of the film wondering what the plot could of really been before the dubbing.


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The dubbing itself is well done with characters speaking in time and the plot being mostly followable; random sequences where characters discuss using a moustache to eat a beard are quite hilarious although sparsely spread out. The film is a drag and considering its has a runtime of only 80 minutes feels much, much longer.


The film uses a good idea; but struggles to make it live up to what could be possible and is difficult to enjoy.


Story – 2/5

Style – 4/5

Technical – 3/5

Enjoyment – 2/5


Total: 11/20 = 5/10