the Web Address
or "What am I doing?" Part 2
the tenth month of LoveHKFilm.com's
existence, I've come to the conclusion that I'm off my rocker.
Like many other webmasters (Hey, Sanney!), I spend my time
working on a web site for no other reason than my own personal
enjoyment and the minor acclaim of a very select few. In that
time, I've also incurred three figures in traffic charges,
gone to war with bandwidth thieves, and witnessed the fine
month of November, where the affiliate link to AznFilms.com
earned a staggering $2.20. Capitalism is great!
I've also made some great online
friends, received compliments from people I've respected for
years, watched a ton more movies, and possibly improved upon
whatever writing skills I had at the start. And I got to speak
to Shu Qi. So, it's been a mixed bag, but the positives have
kept me going. I do like to write, and I do enjoy having this
web site. And talking to Shu Qi gives me bragging rights among
salivating heterosexual males. And again, I've met some great
One of those people, Mr. Lee Wong,
has even left us, which leaves me with the oddest feeling.
I can hardly describe that feeling, and even hesitate to do
so. Lee was the first reviewer on the site after myself, and
he was my friend. And really, having those two thoughts in
the same sentence seems wrong. Lee had a life and family and
friends that had nothing to do with LoveHKFilm.com,
so speaking about him in those terms borders on shameful.
But it's not like I can see it any
differently. I knew him through this site, and that's how
I'll always know him. In a way, that's how I'll think of everyone
I've met through the site, including reviewers, readers and
the occasional complainer (Yeah, that's right! I'm talking
about you!). To me, they'll all be part of this wacky web
site. And for some of them, that's likely all they'll ever
be to me. It's existentialism worthy of Wong Kar-Wai.
Pulling back, though, this site isn't
really about me; it's about Hong Kong Cinema, and its acknowledged
PanAsian brethren. Seeing as how the cinema is in its latest
crisis (box office numbers are now smaller than Michael Jackson's
self-admitted fans), I find myself contemplating that eternal
question: what now?
Well...there'll be more reviews.
We're currently hovering below 850, and we'll hit 1000 before
I'm done. Heck, we may hit 2000 before I'm done though I could
be irretrievably bitter at that point. Assuming that HK Cinema
survives, we'll try to keep them coming. Reviewsand
unsolicited jokesare what this site is about. Get used
But things are changing. For
one, we've had commercial affiliation for the past three months,
which has amounted to some financial support (a little over
$100), and some much-appreciated review discs. We've also
seen a massive increase in traffic, which I both like and
dislike. I like it because it means we've reached an audience.
I dislike it because it costs me more money. And I still have
However, that will change come
February. At that time, I will go to work full-time for a
company which cannot be named here, only because I really
don't want to name it. It'll be nice to be gainfully employed,
because then I can afford that Jaton PAL/NTSC all-region DVD
player. And I can afford the limited edition Region 2 DVD
of Azumanga Daioh, which is the silly-looking Japanese
anime at the top. And, I can now take a date to someplace
other than Chili's.
At the same time, having a full-time
job means less time devoted to the pursuit of a wacky Hong
Kong Cinema web site. It means less time to watch movies,
less time to review them, less time to edit other reviewers'
work, and less time to spend writing screwy columns like this
one. Everyone will suffer.
The response here could be, "Then
stop writing screwy columns! Just write reviews! And what
about the latest Twins movie?" Or, the response could
be, "Stop writing reviews! Just give me popstar pictures,
and lots of them!" Or, I could hear the common refrain,
"I don't care about reviews. Tell me how can I contact
Shu Qi. What is her e-mail address?" All very important
comments which will be noted and filed awayperhaps in
a circular file. And some of them may or may not come true.
But two things will come true:
A forum will happen. Though
it will cost me money, I'll probably go with ezboard. The
reason for this is administration. It'd be hard for only one
or two guys to run a forum, and the customer support ezboard
gives will probably help a great deal. And hey, it's easy
to use. Just don't steal bandwidth for your sigs.
commercial presence on the site will increase. One reason
for this is the site cost. I would absolutely love it if the
site hosting, bandwidth and forum costs are covered by commercial
support from the purchase of DVDs. It's easy: click on the
link, buy a DVD or two, and the site gets 10%. And I do mean
the site gets 10%.
And I really want to throw business
their way. I must be very clear on this: I really, really
and what they have to offer. They're not the most overwhelming
of online retailers, but they're good, decent people who care
about the movies AND their customers. I cannot stress this
last part enough. As someone who used to work in a retail
environment, I know what it's like when a retailer both cares
and doesn't care about its customers. And believe me, when
a retailer doesn't care about its customers then they simply
do not deserve your business.
So, the above two things will
happen. And, despite the time constraints, I will continue
to watch and review films, maintain this site, and hopefully
annoy people further with unnecessary jokes, polls and awards
celebrating the sometimes-dubious joys of Hong Kong Cinema.
And, I hopefully will meet more
great people. - Kozo 12/20/2002