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Genre: Sci-Fi/Comedy
Starring: Stephen Chow, Kitty Zhang Yuqi, Xu Jiao, Lam Chi Chung,
Lee Sheung Ching
Director: Stephen Chow
Rating: PG
Year Made: 2008




- Cast and Crew Commentary
- Trailers
- CJ7 Game
- The Story of CJ7
- CJ7 TV Special
- How to Bully a Bully
- How to Make a Lollipop
- CJ7 Profiles



Languages: Mandarin/Cantonese/
Subtitles: English/Chinese/Thai/
Aspect Ratio: 2.40 Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Running Time: 1 hr 28 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: Origin Entertainment
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Writer/Director Stephen Chow stars as Iron, a poor but loving father who works such long hours that he barely has any time to spend with his young son. Unable to afford the latest toy his boy desperately wants, Iron instead brings home a mysterious pet he finds at a local junkyard. When the cuddly creature turns out to be a fun-loving extraterrestrial able to perform miraculous deeds, both father and son are about to learn some important lessons that change their lives in this delightful science-fiction fantasy for the whole family.


Pin your hopes high on "CJ7" and you might walk away feeling sore from the expectations. Coming from the man who sealed the brand of ‘mo-lei-tau’ aka nonsensical humor in the nineties and whom in recent years brought the house down with "Shaolin Soccer" and "Kungfu Hustle", it’s understandable you expect something more than just a simple tale of a father and his son.

Stephen Chow plays Ti, a hard labourer who slogged at construction sites to provide the best for his only son, Dicky. Although that means the twosome can only afford having a few veg and rotten apple as dessert, Ti wants Dicky to achieve far better than him in life which explains the fact that why Dicky is sent to a luxurious school in the opening scene. At night, Ti has to plow the junkyard for useful items which he can recycle for Dicky’s usage until he incidentally picked up an extra-terrestrial nicknamed CJ7.

It’s fairly easy to see which segment of the audience Chow is targeting for "CJ7". Majority of the sequences focused mainly on the antics of Dicky and his new high-tech pet, CJ7. Those scenes served mainly to entertain the younger crowd with some jibes at Chow’s previous two works. Written by Chow, Vincent Kok (who directed a fair share of comedies) and a team of other four writers, there are still scenes which dragged on and on and unfortunately suffered from a case of “Where’s the punchline?”. A good example is the confrontational scene between Ti and his superior played by Lam Chi Chung.

"CJ7" on the other hand is brought to live by HK effect house, Menford Electronics and goes to prove that given a bigger budget and longer time allowance, the visual effects can be much superior than Menford’s usual outputs. Newcomer Xu Jiao who did a male impersonation as Dicky is very much the highlight of the movie. She’s a natural, gifted actress who doesn’t need much convincing as the role of a poor deprived young boy.

According to Chow, his favourite movie when he was a child was Steven Spielberg’s "ET". You can see he’s paying sort of a tribute to the Spielberg’s classic here and a significant part of his real-life childhood is inscribed here as well. Similar trait includes the roaches hammering game which Chow admitted it was something he does with his friends after dinner when he was growing up.

Despite lacking the usual wit and Chow’s brand of dry humor, I was greatly moved by two particular scenes towards the closing chapter of the movie. I shall not spoil it here but it goes to prove that Stephen Chow has grown far further than the crazy, wild personality he inhibits on the screen for the pass decade. Do give Chow a chance with his first attempt at something closer to his heart.


Earlier in the year, we reviewed the single disc version of CJ7 DVD and if you have not make your purchase, here comes the 2-Disc Deluxe version for your consideration.

Disc One contains the full-length movie and also the boisterous Cast and Crew commentary track. Director/Actor Stephen Chow and his merry cast/crew are definitely at ease here talking about the enjoyment and shares nuggets of behind-the-scenes information in Cantonese. Unfortunately, for those who do not understand Cantonese, there are no English subs available unless you count Korean or Bahasa as your second language.

Disc Two starts with the CJ7: Mission Control game. Your mission is to assist CJ whose powers are fading to ride the Shenzhou 7, China’s next space flight home. Something to amuse the kid in you.

The Story of CJ7 which last about 13 minutes has Stephen Chow and fellow story-writer Vincent Kok talking about how the idea and design of CJ7 came about. It’s quite heart-warming to learn that the funnyman’s intention was simply to make a children movie. The U.S. has Mickey Mouse and ET and the Chinese, CJ7.

CJ7 TV Special revolves more on the special effects and also cast/crew interviews in this 22 minutes segment. VFX Supervisor Eddy Wong takes audience behind-the-scenes of creating CJ7 and how child actress Xu Jiao mingles with the CJ7

Anatomy of a scene is a short 6 minutes feature about how Xu Jiao interacts and acts with the guidance of the VFX team during one of the movie’s heavy FX shots.

How to bully a bully is a tongue-in-cheek feature which teaches you on some tips & tricks on how to debullying a bully.

How to make a lollipop as the title implies shows you how the crew makes a prop lollipop on set.

If you wish to know more about other onscreen supporting characters such as Johnny the little boastful kiddo and the bully, check out CJ7 Profiles for their characteristics, likes and dislikes.

Trailers including Hancock, Vantage Point, 21, Made of Honor, You Don’t Mess with the Zohan and a Blu-ray promo reel rounds up this 2-Disc Deluxe edition.


This Code 3 DVD comes equipped with the original Cantonese soundtrack and the dubbed mandarin track that was heard in the theatrical release. Dialogue is of utmost clarity though the surround is pretty inactive most of the time. The visual quality is excellent and I have no qualms about it.




You aren’t missing much if you already got the prior single disc unless you are such a perfectionist that you must own two different versions. The materials presented are pretty slim still. This edition on the other hand does come with a nice plastic cover with CJ7 plastered on it of course. I recommend those who have yet got the single disc edition to get this 2-Disc Deluxe edition instead.

Review by Linus Tee


. CJ7 (Movie Review)

. CJ7 (Coverage of the Singapore Press Conference)

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This review is made possible with the kind support from Origin Entertainment


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