*thanks to Wim Wenders for
never thought I would be writing so many Life with Kozo
columns, but it looks like I am. I initially thought this
would happen only three or four times a year, but this is
fifth one of 2003, and it's only March. Rest assured, this
will be the last one for a while.
is moving. Or, more to the point, I'm moving. That's right,
Kozo is moving to sunny Los Angeles, where he will hopefully
be able to see more films, meet more people, and fill the
gaping hole in his heart meant for love. And if I can't do
any of that, I'd like to get a dog. That is, if my new residence
even allows dogs.
But more importantly, I'll be
working. Or starting work. Starting relatively soon, I'll
be working for an outfit in Santa Monica which is in the process
of designing a video game for the unwashed (and even washed)
masses. Yes, somebody has seen fit to hire me to provide whatever
witty content I can to their interactive electronic endeavor.
That that person is also my brother makes my hiring even more
obvious. It's not like a real company would hire me.
At the same time, this is a
start up company, which means the obvious: long hours and
heavy workloads, all with the promise of greater success down
the road. I certainly think it's possible, since my brother
and his partners have a particularly good idea up their sleeves,
and they would most definitely succeed with or without my
help. If I didn't join them, I could spend even more time
polishing up this web site for its future IPO. Sadly, that
just doesn't look possible. Not only is LoveHKFilm.com
not headed for IPO, but the prospects of a site like this
actually making money are pretty much zero. And since I need
to make money somehowand legal means are preferredthis
new job is the way to go.
Which sort of leaves LoveHKFilm.com
in the lurch.
I'm not certain what people
expect of this site. When it first began just over a year
ago, I updated it nearly daily. I had time and lots of content
to work with. I had over five hundred reviews stored up on
my hard drive, and they needed only a little editing before
I could publish them. Eventually, I settled on three times
a week. I could still write two or three new reviews a week,
and edit countless others. I also had the work of other reviewers
to edit, which certainly made three updates a week possible.
However, those days are pretty
much gone. Most of my old content has been used, and with
only new reviews to work from, I struggle to find new material.
I myself can only complete between two to six reviews a week.
My other reviewers write on a volunteer basis, so if they
write three reviews a week, great. If they write only three
a year, also great. Nobody here is getting paid, so whatever
they do is much appreciated. And without an abundance of new
content, weekly updates have shrunk from three a week to only
But, moving to Los Angeles does
create its share of issues. And, all of them involve time.
How will I find the time to write at least two reviews a week,
watch their accompanying movies, update the site, edit other
reviews, write new polls, answer e-mail, lurk on the forum
AND work sixty hours a week with some hope of sleep? Is it
To be honest, I'm not entirely
sure. I am certain that these next few weeks will be difficult
on the site, though the importance of that is really debatable.
In the grand scheme of things, what happens to this web site
is so minor that it becomes silly to even talk about it. I'm
sure there are people out there wondering why I waste bandwidth
with these self-indulgent musings. Hey, there are bigger things
out there: possible war, a suffering economy, duct tape shortages
and the continuing drama of Michael Jackson. The future of
is about as important as the next Memphis Grizzlies game,
which any basketball fan will tell you means nothing.
But hell, it matters to me.
And, I've actually received the question, "What will
you do about your web site when you start working again?"
It's been intimated that I should quit this endeavor, and
admittedly it would make things easier.
Still, I'd miss it. And besides,
in the last month this site has taken on some $145 in charitable
donations. That number, while only covering the recent webhosting
and domain name expenditures, does matter to me because it
means that five or six individuals out there enjoy the site
enough that they'd like to contribute something to keep it
going. And I wouldn't want to disappoint any of those people.
Nor would I want to disappoint the silent reader who enjoys
the site too. And, I would also like to keep the site going
to tweak the people who write in to tell me that I'm a bad,
But to do that, I need time.
Not just in the literal sense, but also in the form of people's
time. I hope the people who enjoy this site can be forgiving
when I inevitably miss a Monday update, or go two weeks with
only a total of two new reviews. I hope people will forgive
the likely errors in political correctness, which will probably
occur when I write things without editing them. And, I hope
people will continue to forgive the excess of jokes this site
makes about certain Hong Kong personalities.
At the same time, I do think
about the way, way future. What if (and we're talking a big
if), I settled down, got married, and started a family? I
would probably still watch movies, but would I have time to
review them? And what about keeping up a web site? I'd like
to think that this site has more than a few years left, and
I actually own the domain name until the year 2008.
But seriously, I'll be thirty-five then.
And if I haven't started a family by then, I will most definitely
be thinking heavily about it. And, if I'm not thinking about
it, I'm sure my parents will be calling me every other day
to remind me to do so.
But hey, there are more important
things in this world. And if it's really such a big deal in
2008, I'm sure I can always write another one of these columns.