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  • 4 out of 5 stars

Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars
CJ7 is a squishy alien with rubber legs and a furry head that crash-lands ‘ET’ fashion into the life of Dicky (Jiao Xu), a Hong Kong boy. Dicky’s father, single parent Ti (Stephen Chow) struggles on a construction worker’s wage to have him educated at a private school. Life’s tough – but Ti instils in Dicky a set of social mores to which he expects him to adhere. When CJ7 arrives, Dicky’s education suffers. It takes a personal tragedy for the kid to tow the line.

Chow’s film is a charming, funny illustration of family life that explores the notion of being given a second chance. Xu, a girl playing a boy, is an expressive performer beyond her years. But CJ7 steals the show with its range of expressions; the scenes where it’s subjected to comic violence are especially funny. A kids’ comedy with a heart.
Written by Derek Adams

Release Details

  • Rated:PG
  • Release date:Friday 8 August 2008

Cast and crew

  • Director:Stephen Chow
  • Screenwriter:Stephen Chow, Fung Chi Keung, Vincent Kok, Sandy Shaw, Tsang Kan-Cheung
  • Cast:
    • Stephen Chow
    • Xu Jiao
    • Kitty Zhang
    • Fung Min Hun
    • Lam Chi Chung
    • Lee Shing-Cheung
    • Yuqi Kitty Zhang
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