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Director:
Writers:
Stephen Chow (written by) &
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Release Date:
30 January 2008 (China) See more »
Genre:
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Plot:
A poor Chinese laborer learns important lessons after his son gets a strange new toy. | Full synopsis »
Awards:
3 wins & 7 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A Nutshell Review: CJ7 See more (63 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Stephen Chow ... Ti
Jiao Xu ... Dicky
Lei Huang ... Johnny
Kitty Zhang Yuqi ... Miss Yuen (as Kitty Zhang)
Chi Chung Lam ... Boss (as Tze Chung Lam)
Shing-Cheung Lee ... Mr. Cao (as Sheung Ching Lee)
Wen Xue Yao ... Storm Dragon
Min Hun Fung ... P. E. Teacher
Yong Hua Han ... Maggie
Yu Lei ... Johnny's Entourage
Zhong You Jin
Qian Lin Hu
Yi Ying Cheng
Yi Jia Lao
Hao Yang
Wen Hao Song
Hao Nan Zhu
Gang Hui Zhang
Qing Dong ... Classmate
Hao Hao Chen
Qian Shen ... Classmate
Jia He Shi
Lu Yang Yu
Hang-Sang Poon ... Reporter (as Hang Sang Poon)
Shun-Yee Yuen ... Farmer (as Shun Yi Yuen)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Cole Barba ... Johnny (voice: English version)

Tristan Price ... Dicky (voice: English version)
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Directed by
Stephen Chow 
 
Writing credits
Stephen Chow (written by) &
Vincent Kok (written by) &
Kan-Cheung Tsang (written by) (as Tsang Kan Cheong) &
Sandy Shaw (written by) (as Sandy Shaw Lai King) &
Chi Keung Fung (written by) (as Fung Chih Chiang) &
Fung Lam (written by) (as Lam Fung)

Produced by
Stephen Chow .... producer
Bo-Chu Chui .... producer (as Chui Po Chu)
Sanping Han .... producer (as Han San Ping)
Vincent Kok .... co-producer
Dong-ming Shi .... co-producer (as Shi Dong Ming)
Connie Wong .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Ying-Wah Wong  (as Raymond Wong)
 
Cinematography by
Hang-Sang Poon (director of photography) (as Poon Hang Sang)
 
Film Editing by
Angie Lam 
 
Production Design by
Oliver Wong 
 
Costume Design by
Dora Ng 
 
Production Management
Tang Wai But .... post-production supervisor
Alice Chow .... production manager
Angie Lam .... post-production manager
 
Art Department
Chung Kim Wai .... property master
 
Sound Department
Steve Burgess .... sound re-recording mixer
Steve Burgess .... supervising sound editor
Chris Goodes .... sound editor
Wei He .... dialogue editor
Robert Mackenzie .... sound editor
Robert Mackenzie .... sound effects editor
Jiajia Mok .... sound effects editor
Terry Tu .... sound mixer
Sam Wang .... sound editor
 
Visual Effects by
Cori Chan .... lead lighting technical director: Menfond
Po Yan Chan .... lead compositor
Marco Iozzi .... look development artist
Sting Lau .... lighting artist
Ken Law .... visual effects consultant
Keith Leung .... digital compositor
Edward Pak .... compositor
Mark Joey Tang .... digital compositor (as Joey Tang)
Eddy Wong .... visual effects supervisor
Victor Wong .... visual effects supervisor
Yak Hong Yung .... visual effects artist
 
Stunts
Huan-Chiu Ku .... action choreographer (as Ku Huen Chu)
Shun-Yee Yuen .... action choreographer (as Yuen Shun Yi)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Samuel Fu .... assistant camera
Ming-Chuen Lo .... grip
Chak-Shun Tang .... still photographer
 
Animation Department
Paul Ming Tak Lee .... animator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kar Yan Yip .... assistant costume designer
 
Transportation Department
Kun Yun Cai .... driver
Jin Pin Cao .... driver
Zi Yang Cui .... driver
Zhen Wi Ding .... driver
Jian Zhang Fu .... driver
Peng Hui Hu .... driver
Xiao Feng Huang .... driver
Yong Hong Huang .... driver
Zhong Huang .... driver
Long Gen Ji .... driver
Ying Ji .... driver
Jun Jiang .... driver
Ling Kang Jiang .... driver
Cheng Li .... driver
Jun Li .... head driver
Yan Jie Lu .... driver
Yang Hua Lu .... driver
Zhou Luan .... driver
Xiao Hua Peng .... driver
Hang Shi .... head driver
Dong Fang Sun .... driver
Hao Wang .... driver
Qun Wang .... driver
Yun Wang .... driver
Ai Liang Xu .... driver
Chang Kun Yang .... driver
Zheng Hua Yao .... driver
Jian Er Yu .... driver
Hui Ping Zhang .... driver
Jing Zhang .... driver
Xin Ming Zhang .... driver
Chun Hua Zhou .... driver
Fei Jun Zhuang .... driver
 
Other crew
E.W.Y. Tang .... production coordinator
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Cheung Gong 7 hou" - Hong Kong (original title)
"Long River 7" - Philippines (English title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG for language, thematic material, some rude humor and brief smoking
Runtime:
86 min
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The title 'Chiang Jang 7 hao' literally means "Yangtze River Steamer 7". Basically a river boat on the Yangtze.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When the Dad is cutting the rotten part of the apple, he is cutting with the wrong side of the knife.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Dicky:Good morning, sir.
Mr. Cao:Dicky Chow! Just look at yourself. You're covered in dirt.
Dicky:[stepping forward] I just...
Mr. Cao:[stepping back] Don't move. And don't give me the usual routine. Why are you always so untidy?
Miss Yuen:What's the matter, Mr. Cao?
Mr. Cao:[to Dicky] Explain yourself!
Miss Yuen:Let me talk to him. Where did the dirt come from, Dicky?
Dicky:Well, on my way to school, I slipped and fell over.
Miss Yuen:Don't your mom or dad bring you to school?
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Movie Connections:
Spoofs Kung Fu Hustle (2004)See more »
Soundtrack:
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39 out of 58 people found the following review useful.
A Nutshell Review: CJ7, 6 February 2008
Author: DICK STEEL from Singapore

It's been a long and almost 3 year wait for the coming of Stephen Chow's new movie CJ7, on the heels of his international success with Shaolin Soccer and Kung Fu Hustle, both of which were adapted/parodied/copied in the other two competitive movies this holiday season in Kung Fu Dunk and Ah Long Pte Ltd. If imitation is the best form of flattery, that goes to show who's the boss and who calls the shots in the innovation and creativity departments, that there's only one force to be reckoned with in drafting comedy that appeals to the world.

You might think that I'm singing praises of Chow and his works, but yes, that's the skyrocket high expectations that he had built for himself over the years with his rapid fire mo-lei-tau (nonsensical) comedic movies entertaining the masses pre and post 1997 Hong Kong, and now he can afford to take his time in releasing his movies once they pass through his perfectionist quality control. Sitting through CJ7, I had initially thought that it was amongst his weaker works, but then came the final act, which while it was emotionally manipulative, I cannot deny that I both laughed and cried at the same time, which is extremely rare, and only pulled off by Chow's knack of structuring his scenes.

Chow has shown his pedigree in becoming a good storyteller. If he is not already being considered one, then CJ7 is a sign of better things to come, as slowly, it can be seen that he's giving up his presence on screen, and turning his attention to behind the camera instead. Even with movies like Shaolin Soccer and Kung Fu Hustle, while he was the lead actor, he still made room for his supporting casts to shine through.

This time though, he had totally taken the backseat and gave the spotlight to the child actress Xu Jiao who plays Dicky, the son (yes you read that right) of Chow's construction worker character Ti. Being poor, Ti works extremely hard to send his son to a premier school to receive a good education, in the hopes that he will be able to break out of the poverty circle in time to come. But in being in an elite school, Dicky becomes automatic fodder for rich school bullies, who look down on him because of his social status. Much of the movie dwells on this schoolyard politicking, and with Ti trying hard to impart good principles to his son that it becomes somewhat repetitive.

In trying to pacify his son who yearns for the latest toy in town, a high-tech robotic dog called CJ1, Ti goes back to his favourite haunt, the junkyard, and picks up a green ball outfitted with an antenna, as a replacement toy. Without his knowing of course, this ball turns out to be an alien lifeform, and Dicky soon uncovers that it has magical abilities. Christened CJ7, much of the laughs come from CJ7 and Dicky, in the form of spoofs ranging from Mission: Impossible 2 to Asian fare like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, and also takes a spin from Chow's previous 2 movies.

But don't expect the jokes to be of the mo-lei-tau type, as there aren't that many jokes to begin with. Gone are the days of laugh-a-minute type comedy from Stephen Chow. While toilet humour is still quite staple, Chow seemed to have embraced special effects even more this time, starting with a totally animated CJ7, which has "cute" plastered all over it, making it a delight amongst the young and the female audience. I tell you, if it's not already available, someone should make the plush toy right now and milk it for all it's worth. Most of the jokes and fun sequences were spruced up by special effects, but there were a moment or two which I felt was quite unnecessary.

In most ways, CJ7 isn't really your typical outright comedy. By the end of it, I thought its dramatic moments were tugging at the heartstrings, as I mentioned earlier, and indeed this somehow represents a shift by Chow to a somewhat different territory, building up his movie with comedy being peripheral or secondary to the main plot. There are moments of fun balanced by moments which are touching, episodes of the ridiculous balanced by episodes which made you reflect. And any more which features great songs, get my vote of approval too, with Boney M's Sonny getting plenty of airplay, and I Love Chopin coming on at just the very appropriate moment.

However, what is still suspect though, is Chow's ability to weave more flesh into what are essentially flower vase roles in the female characters who play opposite him as love interests. With Shaolin Soccer, Vicky Zhao was unfortunately quite pedestrian, and with Kung Fu Hustle, the scope given to Huang Shengyi was worse. Kitty Zhang continues the trend as good looking teacher Mrs Yuen, who takes pity on Dicky, but nothing more.

Having seen all the Lunar New Year movie premieres for this week, I can safely say CJ7 came out tops, because it had a lot more moments in the movie that makes it family friendly entertainment, and yet imparting and giving out reminders of good values that will almost certainly rub off on the young, and the young at heart. Not at his best, but Chow delivers yet another crowd pleaser, for sure. Recommended!

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