Key of Keys

Japan Release: 1965
Running Time:
93 minutes

Key of Keys

Japanese Title

国際秘密警察: 鍵の鍵
[Kokusai Himitsu Keisatsu: Kagi no Kagi]

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Live Action

Box Office - Stock Footage - DVDs - CDs - Pictures - Background - Concept Art - Cut Scenes - Reviews


International Title

Key of Keys

Initial US Title

What's Up, Tiger Lily?
US Distributor: AIP (1966) / Time: 80 minutes

Alternate Titles

International Secret Police: Key of Keys
[Literal translation]

Woody Allen, Number One



Directed by Senkichi Taniguchi
Writing credits Hideo Ando
Produced by Tomoyuki Tanaka, Shin Morita
Music by Sadao Bekku
Cinematography by Kazuo Yamada
Production Design by Hiroshi Ueda
Director of Special Effects Eiji Tsuburaya
Jiro Kitami, Agent Tatsuya Mihashi
Michin, Tonwanian Spy Mie Hama
Bai-Lan, Safecracker Akiko Wakabayashi
Gegen, Leader of "Darkness" the Anti-Government Guerrilla Group Tadao Nakamaru
He-Qing Cai, Gang Boss Susumu Kurobe
Inagawa, Gangster Sachio Sakai
Ikeguchi, Snake Handling Gangster Hideyo Amamoto
Suritai, Tonwanian Information Secretary Tetsu Nakamura
Kapenam, "Darkness" Henchman Shunji Kasuga
Dord, "Darkness" Henchman Shji Oki
Yoko, Call Girl Akemi Kita
King's Chamberlain Akira Kitchoji, Hiroshi Akitsu
Tonwanian Citizens Shin Ibuki, Seiji Ikeda, Koji Iwamoto, Koji Uruki
Cho, Tonwanian Military Officer Nadao Kirino
Barro Monica Pade
Bell-boy Yasuhiko Saijo


Box Office

Release Date: October 23rd, 1965 (Japan)

Release Date: November 2nd, 1966 (US)
Lease: $66,000 (From Toho in 1966)

DVDs and Blu-rays

United States Region 1 What's Up, Tiger Lily? Image (2003) Order

Background and Trivia

  • Benedict Pictures Corporation registered the movie with the US copyright office on September 20th, 1978. The version registered was the American version featuring Woody Allen, under the name What's Up, Tiger Lily?., and carried the registration number of PA0000020794. Later, Toho registered the film on August 3rd, 1987 under the number PA0000355145. Toho's submission was registered with its international title, Key of Keys, and the movie's Romaji title, Kokusai Himitsu Keisatsu: Kagi no Kagi.
  • In Tokyo, Toho showed the film to Henry G. Saperstein with hopes that he would purchase overseas distribution rights. Wanting to preserve the relationship, but not wanting to lease the film, Saperstein offered an incredibly low sum, assuming they would decline and he could save face. However, Toho accepted. This detail is noted in the 1998 publication Monsters Are Attacking Tokyo (ISBN: 0922915474).
  • After acquiring the rights, Henry G. Saperstein wanted to give the project to comedian Lenny Bruce as a mocking localization of the film. Bruce declined after learning that Saperstein would want the final product to be approved by the Catholic Legion of Decency. The project was instead given to Woody Allen who adapted it as What's Up, Tiger Lily?. Cited in Monsters Are Attacking Tokyo (ISBN: 0922915474).