Monster X Strikes Back: Attack the G8 Summit (2008)

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Monster X Strikes Back: Attack the G8 Summit
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Shochiku Company Ltd. Monster Movie
The Japanese poster for Monster X Strikes Back: Attack the G8 Summit
Monster X Strikes Back:
Attack the G8 Summit
Directed by Minoru Kawasaki
Produced by Shuntarô Kanai, Minoru Kawasaki,
Kôichi Shiota, Masanobu Suzuki,
Shinobu Suzuki
Written by Masakazu Migita
Music by Yasuhiko Fukuda
Distributor Shochiku Company Ltd.
Rating Unrated
Running Time 98 minutesJP
(1 hour, 38 minutes)
Aspect Ratio 1.85:1
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Monster X Strikes Back: Attack the G8 Summit (ギララの逆襲:洞爺湖サミット危機一発,   Girara no Gyakushū: Tōyako Samitto Kiki Ippatsu, lit. Guilala's Counterattack: the Toyako Summit Attack Crisis) is a 2008 tokusatsu kaiju comedy film produced by Shochiku Company Ltd. It was released to Japanese theaters on July 5, 2008.

Plot

In the year 2008, the leaders of the G8 nations - Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, Britain, and the United States - have gathered for a summit in Japan. Meanwhile, two Japanese journalists named Sumire Sumidagawa and Sanpei Toyama discover a hidden village full of worshipers. They are driven out as outsiders intruding on a sacred ceremony. Shortly after, A meteorite crashes into the heart of Sapporo and releases the monster Guilala. The monster rampages through Sapporo, leaving death and destruction in his wake. After leveling the city, Guilala transforms into a giant ball of fire and flies to Hokkaidō, making its way to the G8 Summit. The Prime Minister of Japan proposes cancelling the Summit for the safety of all involved, but the President of the United States convinces the other world leaders to personally stay and fight. Shortly after forming a world alliance, each leader stays to fight for their own reason.

Sumire and Sanpei are sent to get news on Guilala's rampage. However, their efforts are unsuccessful as other news groups are looking for big news on the monster. During the G8 Summit's efforts to stop Guilala, Sumire encounters a boy she saw at the village's ceremony. Believing that the village might know how to stop Guilala, Sumire and Sanpei return for answers. They find a carving of Guilala which they also notice is battling another monster. That figure is known as "Take-Majin," a deity the villagers worship. An ancient prophesy predicted that Guilala was going to destroy the world, but he would be stopped by Take-Majin, who would awaken to save mankind from Guilala. The little boy Sumire met earlier worshipped Take-Majin, after his father was killed in a landslide.

At the same time, the leaders soon discover the reason for Guilala's appearance on Earth was due to a Chinese satellite that fell out of orbit and was the crashed "meteorite" in Sapporo. Assisting the leaders is Dr. Sano, a Japanese scientist who discovers that Guilala is actually a cosmic spore attached to the Probe that was exposed to the Earth's atmosphere, causing it to grow into the monster. He also figures out that the crash caused Guilala to lose a lot of energy and it's searching for "high temperature" energy to recharge. The doctor doesn't think the monster will leave Japan until it finds the energy it needs. Meanwhile, Guilala arrives at the Noboribetsu Power Planet and sucks all of the energy out of the plant.

Hoping to trap Guilala, the Japanese set up an earthquake generator near the fictional "Mt. Showa" to draw Guilala to a magma flow and destroy him with a super missile known as "The Vulture". Guilala arrives to feed, but he swallows the missile whole when it's fired at him. Soon, other countries are scrambling with their own "super" weapons, but each one fails in comedic fashion. In the middle of all this the Japanese Prime Minister is waylaid by diarrhea and is replaced by Junzaburo Ohizumi, a former Prime Minister and a friend of the U.S. President. He arrives to help in the battle, but seems shifty. Ohizumi even suggests using nuclear weapons, but is stared down by the other leaders. After the Germans' super weapon fails to put him out of action, Guilala dances with the setting sun.

When Guilala's mind is damaged by a British brainwashing weapon, the monster begins a wild rampage. Ohizumi suddenly reveals that he is in fact the leader of North Korea. He stole Ohizumi's identity during a state visit. He reveals that the Japanese interpreters attending the G8 Summit are all his spies and they all draw weapons, taking the world leaders hostage. He also announces that he plans on using a "limited" nuclear warhead to destroy Guilala. Meanwhile, President Sorkozy of France has finally bedded the translator, who confesses her true identity. Clad only in a towel, Sorkozy creates a distraction, which allows Japanese soldiers to rush the spies. The North Country leader is captured but not before managing to launch the nuclear missile at Guilala. Dr. Sano announces that Guilala's spores are re-energized and that if the missile strikes it will spread Guilala spores worldwide.

Concerned with the planet's safety over their own, Sumire and a reluctant Sanpei participate in Take-Majin's awakening ceremony. Just when Take-Majin is about to wake up, the entire village is evacuated by the army when the nuclear missile is fired at Guilala. But Take-Majin suddenly awakens and stops the missile by catching it with his buttocks, allowing it to explode inside of him. He then confronts Guilala, preparing for battle. After a long battle Take-Majin is victorious, decapitating Guilala, and saving all humanity as prophesied. Take-Majin then disappears back into his shrine to sleep once again. The G8 Summit leaders celebrate their victory by taking a bath in a hot spring (despite the leader of North Korea escaping during the fight).

Staff

Staff role on the left, staff member's name on the right.

  • Directed by   Minoru Kawasaki
  • Screenplay by   Masakazu Migita
  • Produced by   Shuntarô Kanai, Minoru Kawasaki, Kôichi Shiota, Masanobu Suzuki, and Shinobu Suzuki
  • Music by   Yasuhiko Fukuda
  • Cinematography by   Takashi Suga
  • Edited by   Yôsuke Yafune
  • Assistant Directing by   Takashi Ochiai
  • Special Effects by   Hiroshi Sagae, Fuyuki Shinada, and Kôichi Tsuboi

Cast

Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.

  • Natsuki Katô   as   Sumire Sumidagawa
  • Kazuki Alex Kato   as   Sanpei Toyama (as Kazuki Katô)
  • Susumu Kurobe   as   General Kimura
  • Kei Akazawa   as   Translator
  • Kon Arimura   as   Announcer
  • Niclas Ericsson   as   British pilot
  • Hide Fukumoto   as   Former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
  • Rirî Furankî
  • Bin Furuya
  • Jon Heese   as   President Burger
  • Haruka Inoue   as   Translator
  • Junichi Inoue   as   Editor in chief
  • Maiko Kawamura   as   Translator
  • Eiichi Kikuchi
  • Takeshi Kitano   as   Voice of Take-Majin (as Beat Takeshi)
  • Shôken Kunimoto
  • Akira Matsushita   as   Former Prime minister Junzaburo Ohizumi
  • Jun Miura   as   Himself
  • Haruo Mizuno   as   Himself
  • Yuri Morishita   as   Translator
  • Yakan Nabe
  • Hikari Nagase   as   Translator
  • Takeshi Nakazawa
  • Yôsuke Natsuki
  • Rei Natsumi   as   Translator
  • Emi Ota   as   Translator
  • Yûko Shôji   as   Translator
  • Matabee Watabe
  • Shun'ya Wazaki
  • Hurricane Ryu   as   Guilala
  • Yuichi Okada   as   Take-Majin


Appearances

Monsters

Weapons, Vehicles, and Races


Gallery

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Soundtrack

Main article: Monster X Strikes Back: Attack the G8 Summit (Soundtrack).

Alternate Titles

  • Monster X Strikes Back/ Attack the G8 Summit
  • Guilala's Counterattack: Lake Toya Summit Crisis

Theatrical Releases

  • Japan - July 5, 2008; July 26, 2008 (Re-Release)

Video Releases

Tokyo Shock DVD (2009)

  • Region: 1
  • Discs: 1
  • Audio: Japanese (2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Special Features: Publicity photo slideshow (4 minutes), trailers for other Tokyo Shock DVD releases

Though Monster X Strikes Back: Attack the G8 Summit is not available on Blu-ray, an HD version can be rented or purchased on the Japanese versions of Amazon Video and iTunes.

Videos

Trailers

Japanese trailer

Trivia

  • During an interview in the movie, a local man says that he would have preferred to have had Varan or Baragon attack Hokkaido over Guilala.
  • This film features the return of Hurricane Ryu Hariken as a suit actor.

External Links

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Green Blob Thing

4 months ago
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I still pray for a third Guilala movie. It'd be a miracle if that were to happen, just as much as it was a miracle that this sequel happened. I'm glad it did too, since this is easily the better of the two Guilala movies. I love how it doesn't take itself seriously at all. Fun, campy kaiju movies are always the best.