CJ7

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Eccentric and sweet, Stephen Chow's latest is charming, but too strangely and slackly plotted to work as a whole.

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Single father Ti (Stephen Chow) works tirelessly to earn enough money to keep his son, Dicky (Xu Jiao), enrolled in a private school, hoping the education will lead to better career options. Dicky studies diligently, but his threadbare clothing prompts the derision of his affluent classmates, making him feel like an outcast. Unable to purchase an expensive toy Dicky wants, Ti finds a glowing ball in a junkyard and gives it to him. Soon, the orb turns into Dicky's new best friend -- an alien.

Cast & Crew

Xu Jiao
Dicky Chow
Yuqi Zhang
Miss Yuen
Lee Sheung Ching
Mr. Cao
Wen Xue Yao
Storm Dragon
Min Hun Fung
P.E. Teacher
Stephen Chow
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Vincent Kok
Screenwriter
Tsang Kan Cheong
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Bak-Ming Wong
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Hang-Sang Poon
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Critic Reviews for CJ7

All Critics (81) | Top Critics (27) | Fresh (40) | Rotten (41)

  • The writer-director-actor-choreographer Stephen Chow disappoints mightily with CJ7, a dreary follow-up to his witty international hit Kung Fu Hustle.

    February 6, 2018 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
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    November 16, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Good for kids, probably of all ages.

    August 8, 2008 | Rating: 3/5
  • There are some nice surreal touches, such as getting enormous adults to play two of the eight-year-olds. But I can't forgive Chow for a misjudged and frankly offensive ending, which is culpably evasive about the reality of life and death.

    August 8, 2008 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Chow's film is a charming, funny illustration of family life that explores the notion of being given a second chance. A kids' comedy with a heart.

    August 8, 2008 | Rating: 4/6 | Full Review…

    Derek Adams

    Time Out
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  • China has a lot to answer for these days -- unsafe food exports, unsafe toys, Tibet. And now CJ7.

    April 11, 2008 | Rating: 1/5

Audience Reviews for CJ7

  • Dec 03, 2011
    CJ7 is about a boy named, Dicky who lives with his father in a junkyard. At first his life is boring and depressing, that is until one day when he finds a strange alien figure who he names, "CJ7". Okay now before we get to the real review here's a fun fact, Dicky is actually played by a female actress. No really. Anyways, this movie seems to have a bit of the plot from "E.T." But of course, something's are more different. In fact a lot of things are different, for example the family in which E.T. visited did not live in a junkyard. At first this movie starts off sweetly and charming as well, but as the story moves on the entire film turns out to be an exaggerated Comedy with over the top bullying (meant for humor), foolish behavior (coming from both kids and adults), and some crude scenes as well (in one scene CJ7 poops in Dicky's hand for no reason). Children will most definitely enjoy this movie because of its continuous humor and the adorable "CJ7". Adults will also find something to like in it because while this movie may only offer humor for children, it also adds some drama and serious situations. But you'll have to watch the movie in order to find out what these serious situations are. So overall, the whole concept of the movie is meant to be targeted to young audiences. And while it may be a bit too weird at most times, its charm will win over children. And even adults.
    Emmanuel T Super Reviewer
  • Nov 18, 2011
    It is not the best of the comedies from this part of the world but this story about Chow Ti (Stephen Chow)- a poor labourer who works on construction sites and lives in a partially demolished house with his son, Dicky (Xu Jiao) - is a charming one. Chow is eager to save money so he can continue sending his son to private school, to ensure that his life will be better in the future. However, Dicky is often bullied by other children and two of his teachers (mainly due to his lowly status)... but he later finds comfort meeting the pretty Ms. Yuen (Kitty Zhang Yuqi). And who is CJ7... well, you'll have to watch it to find out. :-) Overacting is purposely done and it suits well with this kind of comedy, sci-fi, drama, love story mix... Of course if you are a fan of the director's Chow work you'll be even more entertained spotting the references to Chow's other films (mainly during Dicky's dream). These references include Dicky using his super sneakers to kick a soccer ball into the goal, which subsequently collapses (referencing Shaolin Soccer) and Dicky flying into the sky with his sneakers, jumping from the head of an eagle, seeing CJ7's shape as a cloud and using the Buddha's Palm, (referencing Kung Fu Hustle). It could be very enjoyable watching with children between 8 and 10 on DVD.
    Panta O Super Reviewer
  • May 26, 2011
    I really liked the beginning. It was very good. It's just that it became corny along the way. All I liked was the beginning.
    Maymay A Super Reviewer
  • May 18, 2011
    Stephen Chow's "CJ7" is like a Chinese version of a Robert Rodriguez family film. It contains many of the elements of his family movies and Chow seems to make use of them. Cartoony effects, kids with bully issues, silly parents, yup, Stephen Chow used all of these. The film tells the story of an extremely poor single father named Ti and his son, Dicky. Trust me when I say "extremely poor". Ti can't seem to afford anything for his son even though he is employed. Dig this: they eat rotten food! *Barfs* Dicky begs his father to get the hottest new toy for him, CJ-6, which is a toy robot. Yup, he dosen't get it for him and a very awkward moment ensues. Something you wouldn't find in an American family film. However, Ti witnesses an alien landing. An alien who would make a perfect friend for his son. A little furry, cute little alien who he calls, wait for it, CJ-7. And so, silliness, and often tragedy, occurs when the alien enters their lives. The film did not recieve the English dubbing that Chow's other films got. So we're stuck with subtitles. From the subtitles, it was a pretty funny film. It had very weird, fish-out-of-water moments and some touching dialogue. "CJ-7" also had a good message for youngsters. It was a film that I enjoyed but it wasn't the best. However, I would've loved the film even more if it didn't take away my apetite. Despite the fact that the boy and his father eat rotten food, there is a scene involving human waste. Unpleasant. So, if you like silly and sweet family films, seek out Stephen Chow's "CJ-7". "I'm gonna stab you in the heart!"
    Bentley L Super Reviewer

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