CJ7 – Stephen Chow and Xu Jian Exclusive Video Interview

     March 2, 2008

Opening this Friday is the new movie from writer/director Stephen Chow and it’s called “CJ7.” In case you aren’t familiar with Stephen’s name, perhaps you’ve heard of his last movie, “Kung Fu Hustle.” If you haven’t had a chance to see it, the movie is very funny and the action scenes are great. Definitely check it out.

Anyway, his new movie once again mixes action and comedy, but this time it’s geared a lot more towards kids. Here’s the synopsis:

Ti (Stephen Chow) is a poor father who works all day at a construction site to make sure his son Dicky (Xu Jian) can attend an elite private school. Despite his father’s good intentions to give his son the opportunities he never had, Dicky, with his dirty clothes and none of the “cool” toys stands out from his schoolmates like a sore thumb.

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.

Anyway, I recently got to interview the two stars and you can watch it below. The only thing to know before watching is due to the language barrier, you’ll have to put up with a translator during the interview. While it makes for a slow interview, as a big fan of Stephen Chow, it was all worth it.

Finally, if you’d like to watch some movie clips from “CJ7,” click here.

Stephen Chow and Xu Jian

  • How did CJ7 come together and did you feel any pressure with the worldwide success from your last two films?

  • I ask the Xu Jian how did she get the part and how challenging were the special effects

  • I asked with his fame in Asia, how challenging is it to film on location

  • I ask if Kung Fu Hustle 2 is going to happen. He says yes, but it won’t be like your typical sequel.

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