Kokusai himitsu keisatsu: Kagi no kagi

Kokusai himitsu keisatsu: Kagi no kagi (国際秘密警察 鍵の鍵, International Secret Police: Key of Keys), also known as Key of Keys, is a 1965 Japanese comedy-spy film directed by Senkichi Taniguchi.[1] It is the fourth installment of five films in the "Kokusai himitsu keisatsu" series, a parody of James Bond-style spy movies.

Kokusai himitsu keisatsu: Kagi no kagi
Directed bySenkichi Taniguchi
Produced byShin Morita
Tomoyuki Tanaka
Written byHideo Ando
StarringTatsuya Mihashi
Akiko Wakabayashi
Mie Hama
Tadao Nakamaru
Susumu Kurobe
Sachio Sakai
Hideyo Amamoto
Tetsu Nakamura
Akemi Kita
Music bySadao Bekku
CinematographyKazuo Yamada
Distributed byToho
Release date
  • October 23, 1965 (1965-10-23)
Running time
93 minutes

Woody Allen used this film, combined with footage from the third installment Kokusai himitsu keisatsu: Kayaku no taru (国際秘密警察:火薬の樽, International Secret Police: Keg of Gunpowder), to create his directorial debut, What's Up, Tiger Lily?, in which the original dialogue is redubbed in English to make the plot about a secret egg salad recipe.[2][3][4][5]


Kitami is requested by the intelligence director, Suritai, to steal a large amount of money from the anti-government guerrillas who fund gangs from Gegen. However, once Kitami infiltrates a Gegen ship in disguise, he discovers there is no cash in the safe, only a cipher on a piece of paper.



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  2. ^ Woody Allen (2006). Woody Allen: Interviews. Univ. Press of Mississippi. p. 31. ISBN 978-1-57806-793-0.
  3. ^ Robert G. Weiner; Shelley E. Barba (4 March 2011). In the Peanut Gallery with Mystery Science Theater 3000: Essays on Film, Fandom, Technology and the Culture of Riffing. McFarland. pp. 226–. ISBN 978-0-7864-8572-7.
  4. ^ Markus Nornes (2007). Cinema Babel: Translating Global Cinema. U of Minnesota Press. pp. 269–. ISBN 978-0-8166-5041-5.
  5. ^ Richard W. Kroon (30 April 2014). A/V A to Z: An Encyclopedic Dictionary of Media, Entertainment and Other Audiovisual Terms. McFarland. pp. 406–. ISBN 978-0-7864-5740-3.
  6. ^ Tom Lisanti; Louis Paul (10 April 2002). Film Fatales: Women in Espionage Films and Television, 1962-1973. McFarland. pp. 143–. ISBN 978-0-7864-1194-8.

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