In CJ7 action director
Stephen Chow creates a family friendly movie that is both
moving and extremely entertaining. It has an ample amount of
comedy and CJ7 is probably one of the most adorable alien
creatures I‘ve ever seen. While the story might seem a
little too sentimental for some, I’m willing to bet, that
even some of the most cynical might still shed a tear.
In CJ7, Dicky (Jiao Xu) goes to a private school his father
Ti (Stephen Chow) can barely afford. They live in a
disheveled house and barely have enough to eat. Ti gets most
of his things from the garbage. One day, while looking
through the garbage, he find what he thinks is a toy, and
gives it to this son. The toy turns out to be what looks
like an alien dog, which Dicky names CJ7. Dicky has a dream
of how CJ7’s magical powers are going to help him be good at
sports, get good grades and basically solve all of his
problems. When we awakes up and CJ7 doesn’t live up to this
expectation, Dicky is more that just disappointed. However,
CJ7 will end up teaching Dickey a very important lesson.
American audiences mostly ignored this movie when it was in
theaters thinking that it was just a re-hash of E.T., but
I’m pleased to write that this is not the case. This is an
original story. You won’t find that people are trying to
track down CJ7 or that he wants to return home. Therefore,
the writers had time to develop the story of Dickey and CJ7.
Mostly CJ7 is here to be Dicky and Ti’s companion as he
seems inseparable from them and eager to help them.
The special effects aren’t as good as we are used to, but
CJ7’s is very nicely rendered. They also made CJ7 very funny
and gave him some of the funnies scenes in the movie. Jiao
Xu and Stephen Chow also did very good jobs. So, if didn’t
have a chance to catch this in theaters, and you’re looking
for a family friend movie with lots of laughs CJ7 is the
movie for you.
CJ7 looks fantastic in Blu-ray and is loaded with features
such as The Story of CJ7, a CJ7 TV Special covering the
making of the movie, and anatomy of a scene a must for any
cinema buff. The other features like a guide on how to make
a lollipop, a tutorial for de-bullying a bully and a game
with CJ7 are lackluster and just there as a fillers.
Review By Milton Brayson
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(2.40:1)(1080P High Definition)
TrueHD 5.1, Mandarin 5.1 TrueHD, Cantonese 5.1, French Dolby
TrueHD 5.1, Thai 5.1
Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Arabic, Korean,
Thai, Chinese, Indonesian.
The Story of CJ7
- A behind-the-scenes look at “CJ7“ with director Stephen
Chow discussing how he wanted to make a children‘s movie.
CJ7 TV Special
- A TV special the covers the making of CJ7. He says he
wanted China to have an icon like E.T. (22:05)
Anatomy of a scene
- This feature take us through a scene in Dicky‘s dream
where CJ7 is hiding in the stall at Dicky’s school. (6:40)
How to Bully a Bully - Advice for how to de-bully a bully.
The best advise here is to have a sidekick. (4:11)
How to Make a
Lollipop - Show how to make a fake lollipop with
modeling clay. (1:29)
CJ7: Mission Control
Game- A game where the object is to get CJ7 back
home riding the Shenzhou 7. Here you are presented with a
launch window and ask to select the amount of fuel and the
angle as which to launch. Not much of a game really.
- Profiles the main characters in CJ7. (6:58)
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