Plot: Featuring the trademark Chow slapstick humor, CJ7 is a comedy about a poor laborer father, Ti, played by Stephen Chow, and his young son, Dicky. When a fascinating and strange new pet enters their lives, Dicky, an elementary school student, sees a chance to overcome his poor background and shabby clothes and impress his fellow students for the first time in his life. The 'pet' however has other ideas and when Dicky brings it to class, comedic chaos erupts including a showdown with the terrifying school bully, Storm Dragon!
The 'CJ' in the English title refers to the Mandarin name for the Yangtze River ('Changjiang'), and is also a typical name attached to things like Chinese space probes.
«Stephen Chow doesn't really surprise here, but he does do what he chooses to do with entertaining finesse. This film will amuse and delight kids, and likely tickle adults who don't mind soggy lessons about appreciating your parents' stern lessons.»
«But what CJ7 ultimately reveals about global tastes is not just the triumph of Spielberg’s brand of blockbuster imagineering, but of the Hollywood director’s influence as a planter of undercurrents of class rage and incipient maturation.»
«In an attempt to create the Chinese equivalent of a franchiseable Hollywood family blockbuster, Chow's fifth helming effort has none of his nonsensical verbal humor and far fewer cartoonishly violent f/x setpieces.»
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