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Hong Kong Movie Database

Hong Kong Movie DataBase (HKMDB)
The HKMDB logo.
Web address http://www.hkmdb.com
Commercial? No
Type of site Online movie database
Registration Optional
Available language(s) English, Chinese
Created by Ryan Law
Launched 1998
Alexa rank negative increase 260,990 (November 2013)[1]
Current status Active

The Hong Kong Movie DataBase (HKMDB) is a bilingual (English and Chinese) website that was created in 1995 by Ryan Law to provide a repository for information about movies originating from Hong Kong and the people that created them.

The database was initially populated with data on over 6000 films, and reviews from the defunct database hosted at egret0.stanford.edu. In subsequent years it has expanded to contain information on more than 13,000 films and 36,000 people, and to include many films from Taiwan and Mainland China.

The database can be searched by movie title or by person's name.

The Data

HKMDB contains credits for cast and crew members, image and portrait galleries as well as user-contributed reviews. Additional information about individual films such as production company, release date, box office gross and languages spoken is included where known. Information about cast and crew members may include gender, birth dates and brief biographies.

There are over 13,000 reviews on the site, and more than 250,000 images. Images can be associated with a movie and with one or more people, and largely serve as an aid in identifying cast members.

Reviews can be submitted by any registered member, but cast and crew information can only be entered by an authorised editor. The database has a forum in which proposed additions or modifications can be raised by any member for consideration by the editorial team.

Since the on-screen credits in many older Hong Kong movies are often sparse and frequently contain errors themselves, and cast/crew members often worked (and sometimes still work) under different names, with a variety of different spellings, it can take some detective work to establish accurate credits for a particular film. Restricting the addition of data to an editorial team who specialise in Hong Kong cinema means that the database typically contains more accurate information with respect to the films and people it covers than the Internet Movie Database.

Membership

The database was initially fully open to the general public, but in 2004 the system was changed so that only registered members could view information. Membership was free but required a commitment to contribute to the site in some way (for example, submitting reviews).[2] This decision created controversy amongst the internet community,[3] but led to an expansion of the editorial team and a large increase in the quantity and quality of data.

In 2006, access to the database was changed again to allow nearly full access to all areas of the database. Posting in the forum and submission of reviews still requires registration.

See also

References

External links

  • Hong Kong Movie DataBase
Other databases that specialise in Hong Kong Cinema
  • HKFA IPAC (Chinese) and (English)
  • Cinemasie (French) and (English)
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