Kokusai himitsu keisatsu: Kayaku no taru

Kokusai himitsu keisatsu: Kayaku no taru (国際秘密警察 火薬の樽, International Secret Police: Keg of Gunpowder), also known as Keg of Gunpowder, is a 1964 Japanese spy-comedy adventure action film directed by Takashi Tsuboshima. It was the third installment of five films in the "Kokusai himitsu keisatsu" series, a parody of James Bond-style spy movies.

Kokusai himitsu keisatsu: Kayaku no taru
Directed byTakashi Tsuboshima
Produced byKoichi Takenaka
Tomoyuki Tanaka
Written byShinichi Sekizawa
StarringTatsuya Mihashi
Makoto Satô
Yuriko Hoshi
Akiko Wakabayashi
Kumi Mizuno
Tadao Nakamaru
Jun Tazaki
Masanari Nihei
Music byKenjiro Hirose
CinematographyKazuo Yamada
Distributed byToho
Release date
  • December 9, 1964 (1964-12-09)
Running time
96 minutes

Woody Allen used this film, combined two 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) & Kokusai himitsu keisatsu: Kagi no kagi (国際秘密警察 鍵の鍵, International Secret Police: Key of Keys), 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.


Professor Tatsuno, who studies remote control of nuclear bombs, has been kidnapped by an unknown group. Kitami, along with Inspector Yagyu of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department, immediately set out to investigate and understood that this was the work of an international criminal-terrorist organization called the World Union Alliance (W.U.A.) led by Hayato Kuroki, a criminal mastermind and far right leader with Nazi ideology. During the investigation, Kitami discovers the WUA secret hideout and infiltrated it until he was captured by Kuroki's men. Then, the WUA will get the design drawing of the Zeta Line, a remote control device which can detonate any nucleus on Earth, complete the device and plan the detonated on the Shinkansen bullet train as a starting experience.