“It is written: He who makes the best egg salad shall rule the heaven and earth.”
Dubbed Japanese spies will do anything to find a secret egg salad recipe.
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Woody Allen Films
Response to Peary’s Review:
As Peary notes, the novelty of this one-joke spy spoof by Woody Allen — in which he “appears at the beginning to explain that he has taken a Japanese spy film, Kagi no Kag, and had American actors dub all the dialogue with absurd comedy” — “wears off long before the end”, but it still makes for fun watching. Peary argues that “the film footage is wild to begin with”, and thus “the ridiculous inserted dialogue works”. Naturally, not all the dubbed lines work, but a surprising majority are hilarious, and lovers of Allen’s left-field non-sequiturs will be especially thrilled. Just for kicks, Peary recommends “substituting your own silly lines to see if they better Allen’s” (!).
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- Cool opening credits
- A woman seductively asking her lover to “name three presidents”
- Woody Allen simply responding “No” when an interviewer asks him to clarify what has happened so far in the movie
Yes. As Woody Allen’s first feature film, it’s worth watching for historical purposes alone, and you’re guaranteed at least a few chuckles.
- Historically Relevant
- Important Director