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CJ7 [Blu-ray] (Bilingual)

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  • Actors: Jiao Xu, Sheung Lee, Yong Han, Lei Huang, Tze Lam
  • Directors: Stephen Chow
  • Producers: Stephen Chow, Chui Po Chu, Han San Ping
  • Format: Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: Mandarin Chinese
  • Subtitles: French, Arabic, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Indonesian, Thai, English
  • Dubbed: French, Cantonese Chinese, Thai, English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Canadian Home Video Rating : Parental Guidance (PG)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: Aug. 12 2008
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #64,822 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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A poor laborer father and his young son's lives are turned upside down when a fascinating and strange new pet enters their world. Amid the resulting comic mayhem, they ultimately learn a poignant lesson about the true nature of family and the things money can't buy.

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Format: Blu-ray
This movie has a compelling story. I loved the characters in it and it really feels like a family comedy. It is really funny if you can understand Chinese humour. I, personally love it and prefer it to American humour, so I enjoyed this tremendously. This movie also's got heart and it's always great to see things working out for a few poor folks (this rarely happens in real life). Point is it's a story about a poor father trying to raise his kid to be an honest and respectful man, but kid wants more and when he finds a cool space alien that looks like a toy, he is counting on the alien to make him rich, powerful, etc.
Some people said that the kid is just spoiled and so the movie is crap. Well, those people missed the point. Movie is not about kid per se, try to think more broadly. That being said, the movie is fun and cheesy and touching. One of the best movies I've seen in a while.
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Format: Blu-ray
This is a wonderfully touching, often-hilarious kid's fantasy, semi-reminiscent of an ET, Hong Kong style, by slapstick martial arts director Stephen Chow (Kung Fu Hustle). The young male lead (actually played by a girl) gives an astounding performance as he tries to survive both an attentive but impoverished upbringing, and the subsequent bullying at a prep school. The special effects look great on blu-ray, and there are several bonus featurettes, as well as director's commentary. Highly recommended.
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By Wen on April 6 2012
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This is a little gem of a movie. The little boy is a great actor and the concept is great although you would probably make comparisons to another big North American movie.
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watch out if your going to let your kids watch this movie. You might want to explain to them that hitting animals is wrong during this film. it seems to have been made by people who have a very low opinion of animals. the kid slaps the animal in the face several times and even stuffs its head in the toilet while it cries for help. not sure what the point of this movie is when a seemingly nice kid gets a pet from outer space and proceeds to abuse it. all the while they pretend to think its a toy. but looking at the "toy" I have wonder how dense these people really are.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0353b40) out of 5 stars CJ7........ Aug. 30 2008
By blackaciddevil - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I like Asian films, don't get me wrong. Nearly all of them, I have, are horror movies, unfortunately. What in the world would possess me to pick up CJ7? Well, someone very dear to me asked me if I had seen it. Seeing as I hadn't, I said no. Then, they went on to tell me what it was about. A movie about a man who desperately struggles to keep his son fed, clothed, and educated despite his struggle to stay employed. When his son asks for a toy that he can't afford, he sets out to find a suitable substitute that's cheaper(i.e. that doesn't cost anything). He returns from the garbage with CJ7, who is no more than a green ball at first. When his son activates this new ball, his son discovers that his new toy is much more than a toy but a magical solution to his family's struggles. Needless to say, I still wasn't sold on it so they went and rented it out. We watched it and, I got to admit, it is one of the best Asian films I've seen in awhile. I ended up purchasing it for my very own. It is one of the most hilarious, imaginative, and smart films to come out in quite a long time. Definitely one I'd recommend for families to watch.

However, be forwarned-parents, there are a few scenes that you might want to see first before letting your kids watch that involve..um, how can we say this...poo. They're not that offensive, mind you. In fact, they are downright funny. Yet, in all fairness, you might want to scope the scenes out before letting them watch. Chow's movies, as you may have seen before with Kung Fu Hustle, are not immediately for everyone.

DVD features include: "The Story of CJ7 " - A behind the scenes look at the making of the film, Anatomy of a Scene" - an in-depth look at how a scene with the adorable "CJ7" was shot, "How to Bully a Bully" - A lesson on how to stand your own ground against the school bully, "Make Your Own Giant Lollipop" - A how-to on making your very own lollipop prop,"The Making of CJ7" International Television Special - A more technical behind the scenes look at the making of the film and visual effects, CJ7 Mission Control Game - See how far you can launch "CJ7" into space!, CJ7 Profiles - Learn more about your favorite CJ7 characters!, and Cast and Crew commentary.

CJ7 is, literally, the star of the movie. He's Asian's version of ET. Again, I highly recommend this movie to all. It's an endearing tale that families will love for years to come.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0353b94) out of 5 stars Quirky feel-good SF Sept. 8 2008
By wiredweird - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
This amusing Chinese import appeals at many levels. Dicky (the boy's name in the subtitles, at least) lives with his widowed father. The father struggles to make ends meet, while sending Dicky to the best school that he can afford, determined that Dicky will have all the chances in life that the father never had. Dicky struggles too. Poverty makes him odd kid out at school, and small size makes him an easy target for the school bullies. Almost everything more than essentials in Dicky's life comes from his father's knack for salvage - including an odd little toy ...

It would be easy to say too much about this charming movie's plot, especially if you've seen *Batteries Not Included. I leave it to you to watch this self-consciously cute story unfold, all the way to the smiles-all-around ending. The movie's style seems heavy handed, by western standards. Acting and character stereotypes come across as blunt instruments, and the "flying warriors" idiom makes an improbable appearance in the schoolyard. A few things might grate on Western sensibilities, too, like what constitutes good parenting - although generally kid safe, a few scenes might not work for very young or very skittish children. If you can take it in its own terms and ignore a bit of saccharine, you'll find some charming fun in this one.

-- wiredweird
21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0353fcc) out of 5 stars best movie this year up until summer July 29 2008
By B. COLE - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray
i already imported this from hong kong and it is a great transfer, actually looks better than it did at the theater i saw it at.

if you like any of stephen chow's other movies (shaolin soccer, kung foo hustle) you will like this one as well. some of the same actors, the same goofy style of acting and over the top theatrics. but this time there is an alien and a nice story. think of a chinese version of E.T. sort of. the part of the little boy in the movie is actually played by a girl and she does a great job.

do yourself a favor and at least rent it, it shouldn't be missed (besides its only 87 minutes long). when i went to the theater, there were only 6 other people in there with me. it really deserved better publicity than it got.

by far it was the best movie the first 6 months of this year until the summer blockbusters started coming out.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa03603a8) out of 5 stars An Honest Kids Film Oct. 29 2009
By Matthew E. Isaac - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I don't normally write reviews, but I was shocked by the few (and I do mean few) negative reviews of this film. It inspired me to write a positive review, if for no other reason than to give this film its worth.

I'll say from the start that I am biased. I have seen a number of Stephen Chow's films (including the boring Justic Is My Foot). I am a fan. I find his humor a combination of wit and slapstick. There is a strong level of intelligence and appreciatiation for the absurd (think Looney Tunes).

While Stephen Chow is known for his slapstick adult humor, it was less surprising to me that HE had made a childrens' film than to hear that Takashi Miike had made a children's film ("The Great Yokai War"). None the less, I was skeptical. Could Stephen Chow transcend the greatest folly of childrens' films? The greatest folly is, of course, the over-simplifying of the world to a point where it has no relevance in reality, except as a delusional acid trip. Adults of all kinds tend to fall into the chasm of under-estimation. They all think that children can not handle the real world. While I agree that some things are worth waiting to tell a child until she/he has matured, other things, being natural to life and the human condition, should be confronted in a respectful and meaningful fashion. This film does that.

This film does not skirt around the consequences of one's actions. This film faces them bold-facedly. *SPOILER* Even though the film has a happy family ending, it does not pretend that jealousy does not happen; that rage does not motivate actions; that death does not exist. The normal kids' emotions are not just explored but dealt with as if Stephen Chow were writing about his kids.

This film is a testament to what kids films should be like.
I give this film the highest rating!!
(also because there are some great acting preformances and some hilarious moments!)
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa036048c) out of 5 stars Best movie I've seen this year Dec 20 2008
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I stumbled across this movie as a pay-per-view rental while looking for something for my family to watch on a Friday night. My kids were a little put off by the notion of subtitles, but that concern was gone within the first 90 seconds of the movie. I went into the movie with no preconceptions (never heard of Stephen Chow) and was pleasantly surprised by the movie. I laughed so hard I cried, and I just plain cried. It is the little details in this movie that are surprising, funny, and touching. Just see it, with an open mind. Your kids have to be at least old enough to read the subtitles, and probably should be a bit older to really get the most out of the movie. It is NOT primarily about the cute little character, CJ7. It is more about the relationships between Dicky and his father and classmates, and how they are affected by what happens after CJ7 arrives. I am here to buy many copies for friends.