Synopsis by Mark Deming
Vintage Japanese monster movies and contemporary politics are both given a poke in the ribs in this satiric comedy from director Minoru Kawasaki. The G8 Summit is being held in Hokkaido, Japan, and the leaders of the World's most powerful and prosperous nations have arrived to discuss environmental issues. However, arriving at a diplomatic solution to global warming soon takes a back seat to a greater crisis: a Chinese space probe returning from a mission to Mars crash lands thirty miles away, and it's soon discovered that a strange creature hitched a ride to Earth from the Red Planet. The fire-breathing monster Guilala is now laying waste to the city of Sapporo, and the G8 organizers propose that the meeting be cancelled and the leaders sent home to safety. However, the President of the United States is having none of it, and urges his fellow executives to stay and lead the fight against the interstellar menace. Featuring a guest appearance by Beat Takeshi as the voice of the monster, Guilala no Gyakushu / Summit Kiki Ippatsu (aka Monster X Strikes Back: Attack Of The G8 Summit was an official selection at the 2008 Venice Film Festival.