Back in late November I ran the teaser trailer for Stephen Chow's CJ7, a new sci-fi comedy from the director of Kung Fu Hustle and Shaolin Soccer. Although not everyone can handle foreign films, Stephen Chow is a great director with a unique style that anyone who has seen Kung Fu Hustle is quite familiar with. CJ7 is about a poor Chinese laborer and his son who discovers/meets an alien creature of some sort. For a while story specifics beyond that were unknown, including what exactly the alien/creature is/looks like. JoBlo has scored a few new photos of the lil' guy and I will say you need to see these photos for yourself.
A recent Hollywood Reporter article pointed out that Chow would be implementing state-of-the-art digital effects in CJ7 in order to meet the "international standards that will withstand comparison." The creature would be entirely digitally produced, the first time any Chinese production has included something like that. Chow also says that CJ7 was heavily influenced by Steven Spielberg's E.T. (from 1982) and that it is "the most expensive [film] in my career." The article also says the creature is in the shape of a dog, as seen below, and is referred to as a "pet" less than an alien or creature.
Ti (Stephen Chow) is a poor laborer father who works all day, everyday at a construction site to make sure his son Dicky Chow (Xu Jian) can attend an elite private school. Ti can't afford to buy Dicky any expensive toys and goes to the best place he knows to get new stuff for Dicky – the junk yard! While out "shopping" for a new toy for his son, Ti finds a mysterious orb and brings it home for Dicky to play with. To his surprise and disbelief, the orb reveals itself to Dicky as a bizarre "pet" with extraordinary powers. Armed with his "CJ7" Dicky seizes this chance to overcome his poor background and shabby clothes and impress his fellow schoolmates for the first time in his life. But CJ7 has other ideas and when Dicky brings it to class chaos ensues.
If you haven't already watched it, make sure you check out the teaser trailer for CJ7 as well.
CJ7 is both written and directed by Hong Kongese actor and filmmaker Stephen Chow of Kung Fu Hustle and Shaolin Soccer. The film will be distributed in the US by Sony Pictures Classic and is currently set to arrive in theaters on March 7th.
User comment: By: IHateChildrenReally? I loved Kung Fu Hustle and ended up feeling pretty disappointed after watching the teaser. However, I just watched the international trailer and my faith was restored completely. (It's got a fair amount of creature footage) http://www.sonypictures.co.uk/movies/cj7/index.html Viva la Chow!
Visit here to subscribe to commentsUser comment: By: AvelanchI'm going to wait to see it in motion to base judgement on the way the creature looks in motion, but the screen grab makes it look fake as all get out. i loved the teaser trailer and I love all fo stephen chow's work, so I have high hopes for this. hopefully it will turn out good. I can't wait to see more of this.