Film / CJ 7

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CJ7 is a Hong Kong movie directed by Stephen Chow of Shaolin Soccer and Kung Fu Hustle fame.

Chow, a homeless single-father laborer, and his young son, Dicky, make a meager living, their home an abandoned lot near a garbage dump. One day, the laborer scavenges the dump for usable items when he comes across something that's literally out of this world...

The name CJ7 actually comes from a known riverboat in China; "CJ" means Chang Jiang, the Chinese name for the Yangtze River, and is unrelated to the 1976-86 Jeep CJ-7.

CJ7 has examples of:

  • All Just a Dream: Dicky's first day at school with CJ7.
  • Always a Bigger Fish
  • Androcles' Lion: Parodied.
  • Back from the Dead: Chow, after a Heroic Sacrifice by CJ7
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: After getting into some trouble, Dicky and Chow get into an argument that results in Dicky wishing for his father to go away forever and Chow promising to if Dicky gets at least a 60% on his exam. One 60% mark and construction accident later...
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Maggie towards Dicky.
  • Cow Tools: CJ7 can be seen pulling out a multitude of tools, including a ray gun, and a propeller driven alarm clock... But that's just during a dream sequence... However, afterwards we see the elementary schoolkids chasing down CJ7 using the kind of foreign objects you'd see at a wrestling match...
  • Crosscast Role: Xu Jiao, who plays Dicky, is actually a girl. Many of the supporting boy cast are actually young girls.
    • Maggie, Dicky's love interest, is played by Yong Hua Han, a large weightlifting man.
  • Determinator: CJ7 at the end of the movie.
  • Disaster Dominoes: Played painfully straight with Chow's Disney Death.
  • Foreshadowing: Two in the movie, one in the beginning, and one near the end. The first is when Dicky activates CJ7 and it shows instructions for how to use it. And when its batteries stop working, thus "dying." The second is when Chow and Dicky get into an argument. Chow promises Dicky to leave him alone forever if Dicky passes his next test. As you can guess, Karma was keeping a watchful eye that day...
    • There's a third one; where CJ7 uses its powers to repair the fan, after which it ends up extremely tired. CJ7 does the same to revive Chow... And dies in the process.
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: That one teacher who has it in for Dicky is conveniently bespectacled.
  • Gonk: Maggie, who looks like a full grown fat guy. Probably because she was a full grown fat guy.
  • Homage: Several, including Shout Outs to Shaolin Soccer and Kung Fu Hustle.
  • Hot Teacher
  • Huge Schoolgirl: Over the top with Maggie.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Chow's foreman.
  • Kick the Dog: Aside from Dicky and Chow, CJ7 gets a LOT of physical abuse, and seems to actually feel the pain.
  • Kids Are Cruel: The kids who abuse CJ7.
  • Love at First Punch: Johnny's fat mook is smitten with Maggie when she catches his pull-backed punch.
  • Love Dodecahedron: The ending to the film shows one: A fat mook under Johnny's employ is in love with Maggie, but Maggie is in love with Dicky, who has requited feelings for a girl, who is already taken by Johnny.
  • Mechanical Lifeform: CJ7 possibly, given that springs stick out of his head when it's injured, and it malfunctions spectacularly when given too many emotion commands.
  • Oh, Crap!: Dicky when he realizes that Maggie has a crush on him.
  • Off-the-Shelf FX: CJ7's Sleep-Mode Size was made from fabric scraps with a markered face, and a green rubber loop from a toy.
  • Perpetual Poverty: Chow and Dicky are so poor that they live in the ruins of an old house and finally getting to buy an electric fan is like getting a plasma screen TV for them.
  • Product Placement: The "CJ1" toy is actually from the existing Robosapiens toyline.
  • Retraux: Apart from the toy mentioned above, and some traffic lights, this movieverse seems to be stuck in the 1970's.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: CJ7 and the ensuing horde of CJ7s that are dropped off on Earth. Holy mother of cuteness, CJ7 is a incredibly cute, and lively for a pet that's not even technically alive!
  • Rubber Critter: CJ7.
  • Secondary Character Title: Believe it or not, CJ 7 is not the main focus of the plot. The movie is about Dicky and Chow overcoming their problems with each other and their lifestyle. The premise of a boy finding an alien and keeping it as a toy is barely expanded upon.
  • Shout-Out: CJ7 has a lot in common with the classic Disney movie Pete's Dragon (1977).
  • Sleep-Mode Size: When CJ7 uses all its power to revive Chow from death, its antennae ball thingy falls out and disintegrates, and it shrinks down to the size of a small(er) doll, complete with X's for eyes.
  • Title Drop: When bullies mock Dicky's newfound toy (what seems to be a rubber ball), Dicky declares it to be the "CJ7".
  • Token Romance: Subverted — Chow has no luck at all with Dicky's hot teacher.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Maggie retains the voice of a little girl despite having the physical appearance of a large weightlifting man.


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