CJ7

86 min. minutes | Rated PG

Chow's last film, Kung Fu Hustle, took a kung-fu movie and mashed it with a Chuck Jones cartoon, creating one of the more bizarre movies in recent memory. CJ7 is Chow's take on E.T., and it's also deeply weird. Chow stars as Ti, a father who barely provides for his son, Dicky (played, without any gender-bending winks, by actress Xu Jiao). Ti finds a green globe in a junkyard and gives it to Dicky to play with, and, in true boy-and-his-monster movie fashion, the globe transforms into a space pet, CJ7. The computer-generated beast is one of the cutest movie creatures since Gremlins' mogwai. You can imagine young children would hug the little monster to itty-bitty pieces. And so Chow, sadistically, spends a good portion of the movie torturing CJ7: It gets twisted, beaten, and attacked with various construction implements. It always bounces back, but the thing's tormented squeals drastically change the timbre of the movie.

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Film Credits
Director
Stephen Chow
Cast
Stephen Chow, Min Hun Fung, Chi Chung Lam, Shing-Cheung Lee, Jiao Xu, Kitty Zhang Yuqi