Family Values Come to Chinese Movies
Release Date: March 07, 2008
Starring: Stephen Chow, Xu Jiao, Kitty
Zhang, Lam Tze, Lee Sheung
Ching, Huang Lei, Han Yong
Wua, and Yao Wen Xue
Genre: Comedy/Science Fiction
Audience: Older children to adults
Runtime: 86 minutes
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
Director: Stephen Chow
Executive Producer: None
Producer: Stephen Chow, Chui Po Chu, Han
San Ping, and Vincent Kok
Writer: Stephen Chow, Vincent Kok,
Tsang Kan Cheong, Sandy Shaw
Lai-King, Fung Chih Chiang,
and Lam Fung
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Little Dicky Chow and his father live in a hovel in Hong Kong. As Dicky tells one of his teachers, his father is a coolie who doesn’t make much money. In fact, they are so poor that his father scavenges shoes and other household necessities from local junkyards.
One day, his father brings home a small ball he found in a junkyard. The ball is left by a spaceship, but, in a funny scene, the father’s back is turned when the ship takes off. The ball’s odd behavior scares Dicky, but his father thinks Dicky is acting up, so he punishes Dicky by making him sit in a cabinet where the ball happens to fall.
That night, the aliens who left the ball take Dicky and the ball to outer space, where a mysterious alien transforms the ball into a rubbery-looking animal resembling a dog, but with an antenna. Back at home, the hungry pet is able to make a rotten apple turn into a ripe apple.
Dicky is having problems at school. He dreams that the little alien pet can improve his life, even granting Dicky special powers. Convinced that the creature can do this, he tries it out at school the next day, but everything ends in disaster. Angry, Dicky is cruel to the creature, which pummels Dicky with its poo. The teachers wash off an embarrassed Dicky in front of the rest of the class. Walking home, Dicky abandons the pet, whom he has named CJ7 after a popular robot toy called CJ1.
Regretting his actions, Dicky makes up with CJ7, but little does he know how important the pet will become in the life of he and his father.
CJ7 is amusing and charming. The unrealistic cartoony slapstick comedy takes a little adjustment especially for teenagers and adults, but the characters are finely drawn. Stephen Chow does a convincing job as the father. Amazingly, Dicky is played by a darling little girl named Xu Jiao (pronounced “Sue Jow”), who in real life is nothing like the rambunctious little Dicky. She does a great job.
According to Mr. Chow, this kind of family movie is completely new to Chinese movies. If so, that is wonderful, because, along the way, the movie stresses strong moral values to children. Even though we are poor, the father tells his son, we do not lie or steal. The father also encourages his son to study hard in school so he can make something of himself when he gets older.
CJ7 does contain some humor about pet dung and nosepicking, however. There are also three obscenities. Thus, MOVIEGUIDE® advises a light caution.
CJ7 is amusing and charming. Stephen Chow does a convincing job as the father. Amazingly, Dicky is played by a darling little girl named Xu Jiao (pronounced “Sue Jow”), who is nothing like the rambunctious Dicky. She does a great job. Along the way, the movie stresses strong moral values. Even though we are poor, the father tells Dicky, we do not lie or steal. CJ7 contains some scatological humor and three obscenities, so MOVIEGUIDE® advises a light caution.