It's the 22nd Century (2125 AD), and mankind's population has exponentially expanded beyond Earth's carrying capacity. Therefore, humans now live throughout the Solar System and the total population has gone well over 18 billion. As a result, there's a severe energy crisis for planets further out from the sun and plans to turn Jupiter into a second sun have been set into motion. However, markings are found on Mars that indicates that alien life lives in Jupiter and the J.S. Project (Jupiter Solarization Project) is put on hold.
Meanwhile, rogue members of the radical environmentalist group Jupiter Church attempt to sabotage the J.S. Project. In an ironic twist of fate, the head engineer of the J.S. Project, Eiji Honda, discovers that his ex-lover Maria is one of the radicals planning on sabotaging the project. At the same time, a satellite carrying two crew members is destroyed by a black hole heading straight to the center of the Solar System. This black hole could destroy humanity in one fell swoop once it collides into the sun. However, Jupiter is near the black hole's path. The engineers of the J.S. Project decide to change their plan and shoot Jupiter into the black hole, thereby altering the hole's path and potentially save the galaxy's inhabitants. However, time is short....
Staff role on the left, staff member's name on the right.
- Directed by Koji Hashimoto and Sakyo Komatsu
- Written by Sakyo Komatsu
- Produced by Sakyo Komatsu and Tomoyuki Tanaka
- Music by Kentaro Haneda, Yumi Matsutoya, and Jiro Sugita
- Stock Music by Akira Ifukube and Ikuma Dan
- Cinematography by Kazutami Hara
- Edited by Yoshitami Kuroiwa
- Production Design by Akira Sakuragi
- Assistant Directing by Masaaki Tezuka
- Special Effects by Koichi Kawakita
Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.
- Tomokazu Miura as Eiji Honda, SSDO Chief
- Diane Dangely as Maria Basehart
- Rachael Huggert as Dr. Millicent Wilem
- Akihiko Hirata as Dr. Inoue Ryutarou
- Andrew Hughes as Senator Shadllic
- Masumi Okada as Dr. Mohammed Mansur
- Hisaya Morishige as Earth Federation President
- Miyuki Ondo as Anita
- Ron Irwin as Captain Hoger Kinn
- Paul Taiga as Peter, Jupiter Church Founder
- William Tapier as Edward Webb, SSDO President
- Toshiro Mifune as Musashi Miyamoto
- Koji Tsuruta as Kojiro Sasaki
- Yosuke Natsuki as Detective Shindo (Stock footage)
- Takashi Shimura as Dr. Tsukamoto (Stock footage)
Weapons, Vehicles, and Races
- Main article: Bye-Bye Jupiter/Gallery.
- Main article: Bye-Bye Jupiter (Soundtrack).
- Sayonara Jupiter (さよならジュピターJapan?)
- Goodbye, Jupiter, Goodbye (Adiós, Júpiter, Adiós; Spain)
- Steely Vultures Space (Ατσαλένιοι γύπες του διαστήματος; Greece)
- Operation Jupiter (West Germany)
- Released: March 21, 2003
- Region: Region 2
- Language: Japanese
- Format: Color, Dolby, DTS Stereo, Limited Edition, Widescreen
- Other Details: 1.78:1 aspect ratio, 130 minutes run time, 2 discs
- Released: January 30, 2007
- Region: Region 1
- Language: Japanese (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
- Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dubbed, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Other Details: 1.85:1 aspect ratio, 130 minutes run time, 1 disc
- Akihiko Hirata's role as Inoue Ryutarou in this film was the actor's final role before he died later that same year. Hirata was planned to appear in The Return of Godzilla as Doctor Hayashida, but was replaced by Yosuke Natsuki after his death.
- In one scene, Captain Hoger Kinn can be seen watching Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster.
- Sakyo Komatsu originally wanted Orson Welles to play the role of SSDO President, but he was replaced by William Tapier.