LoveHKFilm.com was created in March 2002 with the sole
purpose of taking up web space with
yet another Hong Kong Cinema website.
The original plan was to mix informed critical analysis with
an obvious wink towards Hong Kong's
unique media-driven culture. Perhaps we failed, but so far no one with any level of objectivity has been able to let us know.
Despite our obvious winking being mistaken for outright negativity, the site has continued to review new Hong Kong Cinema since, and will continue to do so until either the site or the Webmaster dies. Right now, the money is on the latter happening first.
It all began in 1993, when
a kid going to New York University discovered:
"Hey, this HK Cinema stuff is pretty
damn neat." He proceeded to watch
every Jackie Chan and John Woo movie
he could get his hands on. Then he watched
every Wong Kar-Wai movie. Then he watched
every Stephen Chow movie. Then he watched
every UFO movie. He attempted to watch
every Wong Jing movie, but he grew tired
and destroyed his television.
This website is the culmination of that kid's
devotion to watching grainy, letterboxed,
subtitled movies on a 13-inch television
while attempting to get out of college. He did get out of college, but his adolescence perhaps never ended.
Currently, this website is still online. If it ever goes offline we predict mass hysteria and a thumbs up from Wong Jing, who still owes us a television.
taking up webspace, LoveHKFilm.com
has accomplished a few minor things. These
are those things.
opened 2005 as the number one Asian film
site on Alexa.com,
a popular traffic ranking service for
webmasters and interested parties all
over the World Wide Web. What this means
to the average joe: probably nothing.
Still, it sounds pretty neat. After a
good sixteen month reign, we finally fell
to #2 in April of 2006. Sometime towards
the end of 2006, we ended up back at #1.
Then, in early 2009, we fell back to #2. Life is tough sometimes.
For the six day period from January
10th to January 15th in 2005, LoveHKFilm.com
donated all commissions from its YesAsia.com
support links to aid the Tsunami Relief
effort in Asia and East Africa. A total
of $353.84 was donated on January 16th,
2005 to the Red Cross International
On January 13th, 2005, the Webmaster
made a live television appearance on Screen
Savers, a daily program airing on
the TechTV/G4 network, to talk about Asian
Cinema in 2005. What this accomplishment
actually means is debatable, but it happened.
For proof, go here.
An extra interview with the Webmaster
is located here.
For the six day period from September
13th to September 19th in 2005, LoveHKFilm.com
donated all commissions from its YesAsia.com
support links to aid those on the U.S.
Gulf Coast affected by Hurricane Katrina.
A total of $217.73 was donated on September
19th, 2005 to the Red Cross Hurricane
Katrina Relief Fund.
For the six day period from June
2nd to September 7th, 2006, LoveHKFilm.com
donated all commissions from its YesAsia.com
support links to aid those affected by
the Indonesia Earthquake.
A total of $178.62 was earned through
the links. We eventually rounded up and
donated a full $200.00 to Red Cross
Relief Efforts in the region.
For the eight day period from May 19th to May 27th, 2008, LoveHKFilm.com donated all commissions from its YesAsia.com
links to aid those affected by
the Sichuan Earthquake. Indonesia Earthquake. A total of $153.95 was earned through
the links. True to form, we rounded up to $200.00 and donated it to the Red Cross
China Earthquake Relief Fund.
You may notice the occasional snarky
comment on this web site. If so, please
do not assume that the writer is an
evil, hateful being. No offense is
intended by the words on this site,
even if Wong Jing is the target. Please
do not read into any pronoun use.
No one here is a multiple personality,
or admits to being one anyway.
All images on this site were obtained
in a manner befitting their use on the
Internet. Pictures taken from studio sites
are attributed whenever possible, and
video captures are credited to the contributing
distributor. As this is a site promoting
and celebrating Hong Kong and Asian cinema, we hope
that the original parties find no malice
in the usage of their intellectual property.
In the event of any concerns, please contact the webmaster here.
Written content on this site is the sole
property of its respective writer and has been licensed to LoveHKFilm.com to host in perpetuity.
Despite the fact that the site's content can easily be cut and pasted using your OS of choice, that does not mean
you are allowed to use it to populate
your own websites, ebay auctions and/or
webshrine to Cheung Tat-Ming.
Enquiries, including questions about republishing site content, may be directed to the Webmaster here.
you choose not to go through the above
socially accepted channels to request
usage of LoveHKFilm.com's
content, you will not be fined or
go to jail...yet. However, taking
our content without permission and
using it as you please will forever
brand you as an insensitive, ungrateful
human being, and the angels will weep
way, cutting and pasting sentences out
of our reviews then reassembling them
as your own does not count as original
work on your part. Your mother would be
more proud of you if you actually worked
for a living.
Many must be thanked for their contribution
to making this site possible:
Lee Wong, for loving the cinema.
Barry Long, co-author of Hong Kong
Babylon, deserves either the credit
or the blame for fostering webmaster
Ross Chen's love of Hong Kong Cinema.
Sanney Leung, of
HK Entertainment News in Review,
has provided much insight and support
in getting this site off the ground.
Chan Ho-Sun, who was charitable with
his time and opinions, and helped
further the webmaster's experience
with Hong Kong film.
Badii, for believing.
Joseph Fierro, of the former Hong
Kong Cinema Website, laid the groundwork
for any HK Cinema website currently
Ryan Law, webmaster of the Hong Kong
Movie Database at www.hkmdb.com.
His web site is the definitive web
resource to Hong Kong movies. We bow
to his continuing work and dedication.
Ken Akamatsu, for inspiring the site
name and for providing much fan service
in his hilarious and quite perverted
manga Love Hina.
Sammi Cheng, for being Sammi Cheng.
everyone on the Sponsor
Special thanks to the following people:
Linus Chen, Becky Bernhardt, Kyle
Cornelius, Diep Derstine, Rick Diloreto,
Frank Djeng, Todd Jones, Charlie Lai,
David Mitchell, Karen and Leo Pesce,
Kozo Shimasaki, Tom Schirmer, Patty
and Sam Ting, Louie Tran, James and
Sofia Trejo, Midori and Hiroki Wada,
The following books were extremely
- David Bordwell, Planet Hong Kong:
Popular Cinema and the Art of Entertainment
(Harvard University Press, 2000)
- Frederic Dannen and Barry Long,
Hong Kong Babylon: An Insider's
Guide to the Hollywood of the East (Hyperion/Miramax 1997)
- Stefan Hammond and Mike Wilkins,
Sex and Zen & A Bullet to the
Head (New York: Fireside: 1996)
- Lisa Oldham Stokes and Michael Hoover,
City on Fire: Hong Kong Cinema (London: Verso, 1999)
- Stephen Teo, Hong Kong Cinema:
The Extra Dimensions (London:
British film Institute, 1997)
- Esther C.M. Yau, At Full Speed:
Hong Kong Cinema in a Borderless World
(University of Minneapolis Press,
Ross Chen was born in 1973.
Long a fan
of movies, Chen's first actual Hong
Kong Cinema experience came in 1987 with a
little movie called A Better Tomorrow.
However, it wasn't until he attended
New York University in 1993 that he
began to consume Hong Kong Cinema
in mass quantities. He continues to
watch movies from all over the world,
though he reserves a special place
in his heart for Hong Kong Cinema.
has been employed at various positions,
including video store clerk, product
buyer, employee manager, network administrator,
and aimless free agent.
None of those jobs was particularly
fulfilling, but he retains a certain
degree of interest in all of them.
Chen enjoys writing, reading, watching
film, and generally maintaining a
low profile. He's also an avid basketball
fan, though the sadness of
his local team, the Golden State Warriors,
has driven him into a fan coma.
Chen founded LoveHKFilm.com to inspire him to continue watching and writing about Hong Kong
film. When reviewing film, he goes
by the pseudonym Kozo.
In 2005, Chen
was hired by YesAsia.com to be a Senior English Editor. Despite
his employment by the leading online Asian
Entertainment retailer, he pledges to
maintain an impartial stance when reviewing
Hong Kong Cinema. In other words, he will
continue to be as mean as he possibly
can. In 2006 he was promoted to Managing Editor, whereupon he joined the ranks of the pointy-haired bosses and started firing people.
Chen currently resides in Hong Kong,
where he tries to stay out of trouble,
though his degree of success is debatable.
His resume in stored here on the site. Drop him a line by emailing
Reportedly, this is a photo of the
his greatest fan. Sources cannot confirm
which is which.
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