is a Hong Kong movie directed by Stephen Chow of Shaolin Soccer
and Kung Fu Hustle
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.
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
- Character Title
- Children Are Cruel: The kids who abuse CJ7.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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 1970s.
- 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 thats not even technically alive!
- Rubber Critter: CJ7.
- Shout-Out: CJ7 has a lot in common with the classic Disney movie Pete's Dragon.
- 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 Xs for eyes.
- Token Romance: Subverted — Chow has no luck at all with Dicky's hot teacher.