Funny how Guilala went from being a giant Japanese monster that only appeared in a lone movie that’s mostly unknown to today’s audiences yet nearly 40-years later The X From Outer Space has not only returned in a new movie, he’s even become a spokesmonster for a jobs’ website. Think that “>Ladders commercial will be a DVD extra when Media Blasters releases Monster X Strikes Back: Attack the G8 Summit in North America later this year?
The website Sci-Fi Japan reports that Media Blasters has just inked a deal with Japanese studio Shochiku for an American DVD release of Monster X Strikes Back: Attack the G8 Summit, the new giant monster comedy from surreal schlockmeister Minoru Kawasaki (The Calamari Wrestler, Executive Koala) that brings back Guilala, the title monster of 1967’s The X From Outer Space, to once again reek havoc on Japan. This time Guilala returns to Earth just in time to interrupt the G8 Summit at Lake Toya and the bumbling leaders of United States, England, France, Germany, Russia, Canada, Italy, and, of course, Japan have to formulate a plan to stop the odd-looking daikaiju. Ultimately, Beat Takeshi appears to save the day as a gigantic multi-armed, golden armored, god-like, monster-fighting warrior.
It was about a year ago that I “>first reported on the second coming of Guilala and if you read that article you know that I was nearly beside myself with glee. Since then I’ve, sadly, been forced to temper my enthusiasm after reading multiple reviews that describe the film as putting more emphasis on very lame humor with the majority of the monster footage coming in the form of stock footage from The X From Outer Space; even the final battle with Takeshi’s monster-slayer is said to be a major letdown. Regardless of reports that the comedy aspect is a dud and the monster stuff disappoints, this is a new movie with Guilala and I still very much want to see what Kawasaki did with that goofy creature I so dearly love.
Don’t expect to see Monster X Strikes Back: Attack the G8 Summit on DVD stateside until sometime in late 2009.
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