What's Up Tiger Lily? details
|Starring:||Tatsuya Mihashi, Akiko Wakabayashi|
|Genres:||Comedy, Thriller - Crime|
What's Up Tiger Lily?
|Run time:||1 hour 20 minutes|
|Rental release:||05 Jan 2004|
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Allen's debut is one of his weakest effortsBy Philip Concannon from London , 14 May 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]Woody Allen's first film as a director is actually a Japanese 60's spy thriller. Allen has taken this film and laid on a new soundtrack, dubbing it with actors making funny comments. Sadly, it seems he was so pleased with his clever idea he forgot to write any decent gags.
The film occasionally raises a smile but there's barely enough material here for a brief sketch let alone a feature film (even one that clocks in at less than 80 minutes). It's a one joke film and not a very funny one at that.
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Wonderfully stupid.By Benito72 (5 reviews) , 17 Jun 2012Serious films are great, clever films are great, but I've always got time for inventive, idiotic nonsense. This is such an underrated film for people who just like to laugh at very stupid things. Don't watch this if you're expecting 'Matchpoint' or some such. This is just supremely stupid and ridiculous. I've never laughed so hard at some scenes. 'Anglo-saxon hun!!!'
Under the InfluenceBy russio (158 reviews) from Harlow , 30 Mar 2008
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideI don't think anyone is out there making the case for this as a classic and it is easy to see why. The concept: take a Japanese pulp film, add wisecracking dialogue and a few postmodern twists, and display to an audience. The ace in the hole: Woody Allen running the project. The idea: quite funny as an idea and original at the time (but done to death now 44 years on).
Perhaps he hoped he would make a fusion of Dragnet and His Girl Friday to keep an audience chuckling. This was not the outcome. Woody Allen was a deservedly very successful stand-up when he assembled this first feature (basically an editing job). The film starts well, with 10 minutes of action packed schlock not a million miles from Tarantino's output in a strange way.
This is then interrupted with a very funny skit where Allen explains the enterprise and absurdly claims Gone With The Wind as a precursor. By this point I was laughing out loud at Allen's wit (including flashes of the crazed humour that punctuated his earlier, knock-about films).
The film then does what Allen claimed, welding gags to footage. Only the gags don't really work or seem tired now and the 60s sensibilities intrude somewhat obtrusively. By the time Allen pops up in person (or rather silhouettes) again to suggest he has stepped in front of the projector with an amorous usherette the film is beyond redemption and I was fighting sleep.
Its jokes have influenced other comedians, that is undeniable, but with so much water under the bridge a film that wasn't even particularly special in it's heyday looks even drabber now. If you want to laugh out loud try Bananas or Take the Money and Run instead/
I'll never look at egg salad the same againBy a customer from frome uk , 02 Sep 2006Woody Allen actually sued to keep this movie from being released he thought it was so bad. After the ratings came in,he changed his tune.
Its pure silliness,without the thoughtfull neurotic introspection that made Woodys career years later. Its a true homage to his comedy writing upringing on the Sid Caeser show. Psycadelic and funny
Embarrasing.By Ned0 from W.Yorks , 13 Dec 2005I'm a massive Woody Allen fan. I'm the kinda guy who still goes to see his new films at the cinema. I enjoy them too.
I have his stand-up. I've read all his written stuff. I like his jazz. I like "September".
This is where Woody creates a new soundtrack to a Japanese film.
I just don't like this. Firstly, shoving a mimed performance of a lesser Lovin' Spoonful song into the movie & so near the beginning tried my patience. As did showing the pre-credits part of the original film in it's original language without subtitles.
I could forgive all of this if it was funny. Sadly, it's not.
In case you forget Allen used to be funnyBy Death Fish II from UK , 24 Oct 2005Made in the sixties (so the guest appearance by a pop group of the day now looks incongruous) this is one of Allen's funniest films - with the exception of Zelig he hasn't made a comedy since 1975. No whining angst, just an old Japanese gangster flick with a redubbed soundtrack. Made me laugh until I stopped.