Stephen Chow is Back: CJ7 Trailer

CJ7 Movie StillHot on the tracks of Kurt’s recent Finite Focus post on Kung Fu Hustle, comes the trailer for actor/director Stephen Chow’s new film, a comedy titled CJ7.

It’s the story of a Chinese laborer and how life changes when a strange new pet enters his son’s life. I watched the trailer with a WTF look on my face but I did laugh, even if I couldn’t figure out what on earth was going on. Apparently, we’re in for more of Chow’s unique brand of slapstick comedy. I had fun with both Shaolin Soccer and Kung Fu Hustle so yeah, count me on board for more wacky fun.

According to the official website, the film is scheduled to open on January 11th in North America but I didn’t see it on any of the release schedules so I’m guessing this is a pretty quiet release. You may want to keep an eye out for it at your local arthouse/rep theater.

Thanks to our friends over at Band of Outsiders for the heads up on the trailer.

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Andrew James
Guest

Haha! Thanks for the laugh. This is a definite must-see for me. Kung Fu Hustle was one of the greatest delights of 2005(?).

Kurt
Guest

But the official 'most looked forward to' kung fu movie of 2008 is this little Thai actioner:

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andrew dykstra
Guest

muay thai is crazy sweet. if this is the new martial arts subgenre that tony jaa opened the door for, bring it on. thanks for the sneak peek kurt. this looks BAD.

Shannon the Movie Mo
Guest

Wow, CJ7 looks awesome! I love the combination of comedy and complete oddball that Stephen Chow brings to film!

Chocolate looks a little freaky! Which is a good thing, really…

Primal
Guest

Holy crap, Chocolate looks freakin awesome. I enjoyed Onk-Bak. The Protector is the best kung-fu movie I've seen in the 2000's so far. Although I haven't seen too many of them. Any other contemporary kung-fu movies you guys recommend we should go see?

Kurt
Guest

SPL (badly retitle KILLZONE for R1 DVD by the Weinsteins) and Flash point come highly recommended, as does Banlieu 13 (retitled District 13 for R1).

If you really want to go off the beaten track, then give Lee Myung-Se's THE DUELIST a go.

And then of course, Chile is coming into its own with MirageMan and KILTRO.

Thailand has the triple bill of Ong-Bak, Born to Fight, and Tom Yum Goong (retitled THE PROTECTOR with serious re-edits, not that anything could actually save that film structurally though).

Then there is also a pretty handsome entry from Vietnam named THE REBEL.

Lastly, not a lot of fighting, but these two entries are perhaps the oddest pair, JADE WARRIOR which is a finland/chinese co-production with a Finnish lead actor who knows what he is doing. And the Chrysalis, which is a French sci-fi film, but action choreography is done by the Isreali fellow who does all the Bourne stunts, except in this film he is the principle villian, not a behind the scenes consultant to Matt Damon. This guy knows brutal.

John Allison
Editor

I still disagree with you about SPL but I think I'll give it a rewatch coming up just too see if I was missing something. Sure it has an amazing Knife/Baton fight but I just felt like it was trying to hard to play with the emotions and it really shouldn't have.

Flash Point on the other hand was really good.

Matt Gamble
Guest

District B13 is pretty freaking awful outside of a great opening chase sequence. Everyone really needs to stop giving Luc Besson money.

Kurt did you ever see Dynamite Warrior? The plot is an absolute mess and it never really seems to figure out if it wants to be a comedy or a serious action film but I still kinda dug it.

Kurt
Guest

Oh c'mon Matt. It's like the crack-cocaine version of ESCAPE FROM NY with buddy elements and someone getting fed panties to boot. The chase scene is signature, but really the big fight sequence in the basement around the pool table and such is spectacular as well.

On SPL, I just eat up that chinese melodrama like candy. It is one of the chief pleasures of SPL.

Shannon the Movie Mo
Guest

District B13 and SPL were awesome! Both are on my repeat watching list for sure. I love the music in SPL and just watching Simon Yam walk down that hall – even though they show it a million time I love it!

Matt Gamble
Guest

District B13 is essentially a better movie adaptation of Double Dragon, except with mediocre fights and the dumbest end boss ever created.

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

Are you kidding. The end boss sequence is hilarious! I think you were taking the film a different way from what the creators intended. The thing is supposed to be over-the-top silly (see also ESCAPE FROM NY). I'll buy the argument that this could have been the best VIDEO GAME movie ever had there been a game that it was based off of.

I didn't think the fights were close to mediocre. Some middle ground between the stuff coming out of Thailand, regular HK stuff and of course the fabulous showcase of Parkour.

I'd think there are thousands of other films in the genre (many of them also produced by Luc Besson 🙂 that are more worthy of your dismissive ire!)

cheers.

Matt Gamble
Guest

The end boss scene lasted 6 seconds. That's not even long enough to be hilarious. The only person laughing is Besson that people keep spending money on his crappy movies. He's Uwe Boll with a shittier accent. 😀

But the thing that annoyed me the most with District B13 is it simply couldn't keep the momentum it had after that initial chase sequence. No other action sequence came close, as they clearly blew their wad in the first 10 minutes. If they would have held out and used that at the end of the film, the movie would have had much more appeal and might have stood a chance at salvaging an otherwise forgetable film.

Marina Antunes
Guest

Alright, I don't remember the end boss sequence but there's no way Banlieu 13 is a bad movie. It's three times the film Crank wanted to be – and it managed to do that without offending anyone.

andrew dykstra
Guest

gamble, i can't believe you just put besson and uwe boll in the same sentence without the word "opposite" in there somewhere. i know you were spitting some semi-intentional hyperbole, but come on. sure, besson's been seriously inconsistent lately (aside from Danny The Dog and Kiss Of The Dragon), but to quote barry from High Fidelity, "Is it unfair to criticize a formerly great artist for his latter day sins? Is it better to burn out than to fade away?". the guy did Leon and La Femme Nikita, for pete's sake. those two films alone make him worthy of a little respect.

but B13 did pretty much underwhelm, and that's being nice.

Kurt
Guest

And Angel-A is getting at least a bit of love.

Shannon the Movie Mo
Guest

Well said Marina!!

Matt Gamble
Guest

Crank was dumber then dumb.

And Besson isn't a formerly great artist. He's a fevered ego with horrible hair. I mean christ, frosting your tips went out of style 15 years ago.

Besson is the patron saint of shitty stylized action films, and I blame him for every single damn one that comes out, probably because he produced all of them.

Matt Gamble
Guest

His films are just as bad as the worst American action flicks. They are mindless discord for the sake of having big action set pieces. They are produced solely to make money and are devoid of any artistic value. As a bonus, they help desensitize and anesthetize the masses that shitty action flicks that go boom are "good" cinema. Go back to bed America, watch American Gladiators. Watch The Transporter. Watch Crank. Go back to bed America, we don't need you experiencing anything of actual value.

Besson is evil and I hate him. Funny enough I rather enjoyed Danny the Dog. Damn you Besson!

Kurt
Guest

BOOO! CJ7 was just pushed from January to March.

Kurt
Guest

Yay – Good Initial Review for CJ7 http://www.screendaily.com/ScreenDailyArticle.asp

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