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Bye Bye Jupiter (1984)

Sayônara, Jûpetâ (original title)
While extracting water from the Martian polar ice caps, ancient carvings are uncovered describing an alien spacecraft crashing into Jupiter, postponing plans to turn Jupiter into a second Sun.


Sakyo Komatsu (based on the novel by), Sakyo Komatsu (screenplay)

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Credited cast:
Tomokazu Miura ... Dr. Eiji Honda
Dangely Diane Dangely Diane ... Maria Basehart (as Diane Dangely)
Miyuki Ono Miyuki Ono ... Anita
Rachel Huggett Rachel Huggett ... Dr. Millicent Wilem (as Rachael Huggert)
Paul Tagawa Paul Tagawa ... Peter
Kim Bass Kim Bass ... Booker
Marc Panthona Marc Panthona ... Carlos
Irwin Ron Irwin Ron ... Captain Hoger Kinn (as Ron Irwin)
William H. Tapier William H. Tapier ... Webb (as William Tapier)
Akihiko Hirata ... Dr. Inoue Ryutarou
Masumi Okada Masumi Okada ... Dr. Mohammed Mansur
Hisaya Morishige Hisaya Morishige ... Earth Federation President
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Andrew Hughes Andrew Hughes ... Senator Shadllic (Earth Federation Congress)
Jean Karcewski Jean Karcewski ... American Scientist
Leonard Krause Leonard Krause ... Tour Guide


While extracting water from the Martian polar ice caps, ancient carvings are uncovered describing an alien spacecraft crashing into Jupiter, postponing plans to turn Jupiter into a second Sun.

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A black hole, Jupiter and a desperate scheme to save mankind!


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Japanese | English

Release Date:

17 March 1984 (Japan) See more »

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Bye Bye Jupiter See more »

Filming Locations:

Tokyo, Japan

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1.85 : 1
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This was the last film to feature Akihiko Hirata. He died within months of this film's completion. See more »


Performed by Yumi Matsutôya
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Beautiful Effects and Music in a Mess of a Plot
7 October 2017 | by winwinusjpnSee all my reviews

Being a fan of Godzilla, I was interested in this movie because of its director (Koji Hashimoto, Godzilla 1984) and effects director (Koichi Kawakita, Heisei effects director from 1989 to 1997). I appreciate the ambitions of this film, wanting to be a sort of Japanese equivalent of a film like 2001 rather than another star wars knock off like many of the time, and indeed the effects of this film truly are great, I would say on par for the most par with American films of the time. But, sadly, great effects work cant save this shoddy plot. the core concepts seem sound, in the future humans have colonized off world areas, debate among groups on whether it is right to do so, and having to save the planet from a doomsday scenario. But the plot is filled with underdeveloped characters and motivations, ideas that seem to just drop off halfway through (like the Jupiter Ghost ), and a general vibe of melancholy that never feels earned (in that, characters die so that we feel sad, but they aren't nearly developed enough to where we SHOULD care). I do feel that somewhere in this mess there is a great work of science fiction, and perhaps some day there will be a good film of Komatsu's novel, but as it is, this is just a messy, albeit somewhat interesting, misfire.

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