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In the 22nd Century, the United Earth Federation has begun colonizing neighboring planets in the solar system. While attempting to extract water from Mars' polar ice caps, a UEF science team uncovers ancient carvings that describe the crash of an alien spacecraft on the planet Jupiter several millennia ago. The discovery postpones the initial phase of the Jupiter Solarization Project, a plan to transform the gas giant into a second sun, providing both additional solar energy for Earth and making the outer worlds fit for colonization. From Minerva Station in the orbit of Jupiter, Dr. Eiji Honda (Tomokazu Miura, Survive Style 5+, Taste of Tea) is dispatched to ensure that alien life does not exist on Jupiter before the planned mission is to commence.
When scientists discover that a black hole is approaching the solar system, Earth's only hope is to abandon the Solarization Project and instead send Jupiter into the black hole. Dr. Honda must race to complete the new mission and save Earth before time runs out!
Toho decided in the early 80's to give Japan a space epic of their own to compete with the upcoming sequel to Stanley Kubrick's classic "2001", titled "2010". The result was "Sayonara Jupiter" (aka "Bye-Bye Jupiter"). Directed by Koji Hashimoto (Godzilla 1985, Ghidrah, Latitude Zero) and featuring special effects by Koichi Kawakita (Gunhed, King Kong VS Godzilla), Sayonara Jupiter contains some of the greatest special effects ever produced in the 1980s!
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It's a stretch to compare the effects to "major studios", though in their own way they are better than the cgi on Sy-Fy produced films.
The story, plot is too strong a term, makes little sense. Suspension of belief will not help. The music is so annoying I wished for a way to shut off the sound and use captions. Read the 1 star review. Oddly, I think that if Godzilla had been able to show up and simply destroy stuff, it could have raised the entertainment value. Is it worth $17.96? No. At $9.96, it would be worth it, if only to see the incomprehensible long scene where an attractive woman floats naked through fake zero gravity.
The story by itself is interesting; a black hole enroute to collide with our sun, some alien life type discoveries, and a novel way of rescueing the earth. I like all types of sci-fi, including low-budget Japanese film, so I knew what to expect (or so I thought). But the torturous music WILL NOT STOP. At least the stilty dialog and terrible acting is punctuated by a line occasionally being delivered believably, and the wires aren't visible on the ultra-cheapo models. But that music...
Still interested? All scenes seem to take place in only five or six rooms and a small beach area. The giant space station comprise about four of those living room-sized areas with some kind of mission control being the other room. My count might be off, but only because my brain swelling still hasn't gone down. The approach to planets and so forth are all done by the camera zooming in on a grainy still. A few slow-flying laser bullets, too. You know the kind. Get the level of effects here?
STILL interested? Did I mention the fat Japanese Jerry Garcia who heads a Jupiter cult? Yeah, he's intent on seeing the space project stopped. At least he is until his pet dolphin gets bit by a shark. If you want to hear him perform some numbers while watching critters scamper through nature, don't pass up this cinematic gem. Picture the original "True Grit" if Glen Campbell had sung for five minutes every ten minutes. No, not that good, either.
Unless you're buying my copy of this bitterly disappointing afternoon waster (in which case it's the finest film the Academy ever passed over!), please, please, please pass and look elsewhere. I haven't wanted two hours back this badly in a long time. You were warned.
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