Sayonara Jupiter (1984)
Director Koji Hashimoto calls the shots for this ambitious Japanese sci-fi epic concerning the colonization of Earth's neighboring planets, and the discovery of a menacing black hole that threatens to spell the end for all of mankind. In the 22nd Century the United Earth Federation has authorized the colonization of other planets. As a UEF science team attempts to extract water from the polar ice caps of Mars, the discovery of ancient carvings that depict the crash of an alien spaceship on the planet Jupiter many millennia ago forces authorities to postpone execution of the Jupiter Solarization Project - an ambitious plan to provide Earth with additional solar energy and enable colonization of other nearby worlds by turning the gas planet into a second sun. When Dr. Eiji Honda (Tomakazu Miura) is ordered to ensure that Jupiter has no trace of alien life before Jupiter Solarization Project can continue, he prepares to depart from the Minerva Station that orbits the massive gaseous planet in order to carry out his daring mission. Trouble soon arises, however, when scientists discover that a massive black hole is fast-approaching the solar system. With little time to lose before planet Earth is completely destroyed, Dr. Honda is ordered to abandon the Earth Solarization project and save the human race by sending Jupiter directly into the path of the vast, all-consuming void. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi … More
as Dr. Eiji Honda
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Japan's answer to 2010, this film is a gluttony of imagery for those who grew up with 1980's sci-fi special effects. It's overlong, with silly plotting and hilarious English dubbing. The length is stretched so afar as to make parts of the second half a bit boring. And there are the hippies. Oh, those terrorist hippies.
Enjoyably fun for those who already enjoy such things.
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