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CJ7 (2008)

Cheung gong 7 hou (original title)
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A poor Chinese laborer learns important lessons after his son gets a strange new toy.

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Stephen Chow
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Chow ... Ti
Jiao Xu ... Dicky
Lei Huang Lei Huang ... Johnny
Yuqi Zhang ... Miss Yuen (as Kitty Zhang)
Tze Chung Lam ... Boss
Sheung-ching Lee Sheung-ching Lee ... Mr. Cao (as Sheung Ching Lee)
Wen Xue Yao Wen Xue Yao ... Storm Dragon
Min Hun Fung ... P. E. Teacher
Yong Hua Han Yong Hua Han ... Maggie
Yu Lei Yu Lei ... Johnny's Entourage
Zhong You Jin Zhong You Jin ... Johnny's Entourage
Qian Lin Hu Qian Lin Hu ... Fanny A
Yi Ying Cheng Yi Ying Cheng ... Fanny B
Yi Jia Lao Yi Jia Lao ... Classmate
Hao Yang Hao Yang ... Classmate
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Storyline

A poor Chinese laborer learns important lessons after his son gets a strange new toy.

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A film that proves even in space your father can hear you scream. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Family | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for language, thematic material, some rude humor and brief smoking | See all certifications »

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Country:

Hong Kong | China

Language:

Cantonese | Mandarin

Release Date:

30 January 2008 (China) See more »

Also Known As:

CJ7 See more »

Filming Locations:

Hong Kong, China See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$49,770, 9 March 2008

Gross USA:

$207,378

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$47,301,471
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Xu Jiao, who plays Stephen Chow's son in this movie, is actually a girl. See more »

Goofs

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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References Pokémon (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Little 7
Lyrics & Composed by Wendyz Zheng
Produced by Zhi-Ping Wang
Performed by S.H.E. (Selina Jen, Hebe Tien & Ella Chen)
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Out There
18 April 2008 | by jdesandoSee all my reviews

"It can be demonstrated that the child's contact with the real world is strengthened by his periodic excursions into fantasy. It becomes easier to tolerate the frustrations of the real world and to accede to the demands of reality if one can restore himself at intervals in a world where the deepest wishes can achieve imaginary gratification." Selma H. Fraiberg, Child Psychologist

Stephen Chow is a big star in Asia, and his fantasy CJ7 is a big hit. Although I'm not sure American audiences will return a Jackie-Chan-like box office bundle for this E. T. knock off, I do know that allegorical, off-the-wall, science fictional kid flicks like this are rare and fun if you give yourself into their absurdity.

Some critics liken Chow to Jerry Lewis; Chow is much more imaginative than Lewis, relying as Chow does less on slapstick and more on the intriguing impulses of a small Chinese boy, whose poverty serves as a catalyst for his life-defining experience discovering an outer space dog-like companion and his own love for a hapless but adorable father. Overcoming the bullying about his status in the playground and finding love in a classmate, teacher, father, and alien are enough for most of us in a lifetime.

Chow handles the eccentric material with ease as he minimizes CGI and marginalizes himself for the impressive talents of young Jiao Xu (actually a girl) as the growing-up-fast Dickey. The film comes close to Lassie-like sentiment but never fully settles in that territory. The requisite moralizing, in this case about the importance of love and education, is not suffocating, and the imaginative dream sequences are just that: out-there fantasies of a boy who needs a faithful toy and loving father.

The Yangtze River is known as "Changjiang" in Mandarin, therefore the shortened "CJ," which is also the name for Chinese activities such as space probes. No matter, for these multiple references serve to emphasize the lighter than air world of a man, his boy, and a space dog.

E. T. has come home again in a different form with much less fanfare, yet every child has to love the anarchy.


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