Cast: Xinchi Zhou,Zicong Lin,Qiwen Tian,Yuqi Zhang,Jiao Xu
Lenght: 110 minutes
Directed by Stephen Chow
Produced by Stephen Chow
Written by Stephen Chow, Vincent Kok
Starring Stephen Chow, Xu Jiao, Kitty Zhang Yuqi, Danny Chan, Kwok Kuen, Tin Kai Man
Release date(s) January 30, 2008 (Beijing)
Running time 89 min.
Country Hong Kong, China
Language Cantonese, Mandarin
CJ7 (traditional Chinese: 長江七號; simplified Chinese: 长江七号; pinyin: Cháng Jiāng qī hào; Cantonese Yale: Cheung gong chat hou) is a 2008 Hong Kong science fiction/comedy film co-written, co-produced and directed by Stephen Chow, who also stars in the film. It was released on January 31, 2008 in Hong Kong. It was also released on March 14, 2008 in the United States.
In August 2007 the film was given the title CJ7, a play on China's successful Shenzhou manned space missions - Shenzhou 5 and Shenzhou 6. It was previously been known by a series of working titles - Alien, Yangtze River VII, Long River 7 and most notably, A Hope.
It was filmed in Ningbo, in the Zhejiang province.
Chow Ti (Stephen Chow) is a poor laborer working at construction sites. He lives in a semi-demolished house with his son, Dicky (Xu Jiao). Chow is eager to save money to send his son to private school, to ensure that their life will be better and brighter in the future than it is now. However, Dicky is often bullied by other children and his teacher (mainly due to his lowly stature), and he usually finds comfort with a young tutor, Ms. Yuen.
One day, while at a department store watching television, Dicky begs his father to buy him a popular robotic toy called CJ1. Chow cannot afford it, and the situation ends badly after Chow spanks the stubborn Dicky in front of other customers. Once again, Dicky finds comfort in Ms. Yuen, who is passing. That night, Chow visits the junkyard where he often picks up home appliances and clothes for Dicky. He finds a strange green orb and takes it home, telling Dicky that it is a new toy, better than the robot they saw earlier. Dicky is hesitant at first, but agrees to keep it. The following evening, the orb transforms into a cuddly alien creature that befriends Dicky. After playing, Dicky names the alien "CJ7", and then falls asleep. He dreams that the alien will help him gain popularity and good grades at school. Buoyed by his dream, Dicky takes CJ7 to school the following morning, but he receives a zero on his exam and is humiliated during physical education. Frustrated, Dicky tries to dispose of the CJ7, but realizes his mistake and later reconciles with it. The next day, because of his alien pet, Dicky begins to make new friends at school. However, as his grades have been declining, Chow takes CJ7 away, stating his son will never pass school if there are distractions. The father and son fall out and, predictably, Dicky sticks close to Ms. Yuen, who promises she will look after him. This cheers Chow up somewhat, who fears he might lose his son's love.
Later, while Chow is working on a skyscraper, the heavy pipe he is shackled to falls, pulling him along with it. He later dies at a hospital, and Ms. Yuen takes Dicky home, explaining what has happened. The boy then shoves his tutor out of the house; through his tears he tells himself that his father would never leave him alone.
At the hospital, CJ7, using its otherworldly powers, revives Chow and transports him home. The next morning, Dicky, in tears of happiness, promises his father he will never give up at school or in life. The cost of CJ7's rescue is high, as his own life fades away through the exhaustion. While Dicky waits and waits for his pet to resurrect, he receives a message (presumably from CJ7): continue with your schoolwork. Following the advice, things return to normal, with Chow attempting to flirt with Ms. Yuen (with little success), and Dicky playing with his new school friends. One calm afternoon, Dicky's wildest dream greets him when a UFO zooms by, dropping hundreds of healthy CJ7s in the process.
As with the title CJ7, the earlier working titles, A Hope,Yangtze River VII and Long River 7, referred to the Chinese manned space program. The mission of Shenzhou 6 was completed in 2006 and the real Shenzhou 7 is set to launch in September 2008.
The film had a budget of $20 million US, and heavily uses CG effects.
Stephen Chow - Chow Ti
Kitty Zhang - Ms. Yuen
Lam Chi Chung - The Boss
Xu Jiao - Dicky Chow
Lee Shing-Cheung (李成祥) - Teacher
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