Hong Kong Cinemagic homepage in March 2009
Type of site
|Online movie database|
|Available in|| English |
|Created by||Marc Delcambre|
|Launched||November 10, 2004|
Hong Kong Cinemagic, sometimes referred to as HKCinemagic, is a bilingual (French and English) website providing a repository for information about Chinese language films from Hong Kong, China and Taiwan, and the people who created them. The website contains news, interviews, film reviews and a database of people, films and film studios as well as an illustrated glossary of terms.  The web magazine has existed in various forms for over a decade.  As of March 2009, the database contains over 10,000 films.
The site was designed and is maintained by Marc Delcambre, Jean-Louis Ogé and Thomas Podvin. The key staff and editors are Stéphane Jaunin, Arnaud Lanuque, Van-Thuan Ly, Philippe Quevillart and David-Olivier Vidouze.
The original HKCinemagic1 site was created in late 1998 by Laurent Henry and Thomas Podvin, and initially hosted on Wanadoo France, it began as a site dedicated to directors Tsui Hark  and Wong Kar-wai. As the site expanded with new contributors coming on board and more articles being written, it was transferred to ifrance.com. A database of filmographies, identity photos and biographies was soon put in place by team member Jean-Louis Ogé.
In February 2003, along with editors Arnaud Lanuque, Stéphane Jaunin, Philippe Quevillart and David-Olivier Vidouze, Ogé created HKCinemagic2, an encyclopedia of Hong Kong cinema.  The site containing photo galleries of casts and crew members focuses on the films of Shaw Brothers Studio, "gweilos" (foreigners) in the Hong Kong film industry and Category 3 films. The content on the two sites continued to increase and a French forum was installed, initially on Hiwit.com in June 2003. In May 2004, a bilingual French and English board was installed on Invision. As of March 2009, the Invision forum has more than 4,000 registered users.
After Laurent Henry left the project, HKCinemagic1 and HKCinemagic2 were merged, creating the current incarnation of Hong Kong Cinemagic (hkcinemagic.com). The new site was designed by Marc Delcambre, Jean-Louis Ogé and Thomas Podvin and was launched in November 2004. Similar to HKMDB, the database can be searched by film title or by person's name. For the 6 months up to February 2009, the site attracted an average of 17,700 visitors per month from the US alone. 
Industry professionals and Hong Kong films fans have referred to HKCinemagic as a "site with unparalleled depth of information on Hong Kong cinema",  and as an indispensable site that "possesses a wealth of articles and interviews (in French and English)". 
Hong Kong Cinemagic has been used as a resource for reference and notes by scholars,   critics,  film institutions such as the Cinémathèque Française, the French film Archive in Paris,  and specialised websites. 
Hong Kong Cinemagic contains credits for cast and crew members, portrait galleries, screenshots and trailers, as well as reviews written in-house and special notes of information on films. Additional information about alternative titles, titles in Chinese and pinyin, production company, country of origin, genre, release date, box office gross and languages spoken is included where known. Information about cast and crew members may include gender, birth dates and biographies.
In addition to browsing with the website's own search engines, film can be browsed by date, name and genre, and people can be browsed by name and role. A person's filmography can be displayed by date, genre, and activity and/or by selecting solely Hong Kong productions or productions from all countries. The site also provides information on film companies and studios, the dates companies were founded and by whom, and the films they have released or distributed. A glossary of terms specific to Chinese cinema and Chinese culture is also available. 
As of March 2009, there are over 10,000 films and over 17,000 people in the database, as well as information on 1,300 studios. There are 26,500 images and 2,000 trailers and other videos. In addition, the site contains biographies, film reviews, interviews,  feature articles,  and reports.
Hong Kong correspondents  and editors have interviewed many key figures of the Hong Kong film industry.  In-depth interviews of actors, directors, and film technicians are available in English and/or in French. Past interviewees have included Johnnie To, Patrick Tam, Wong Jing, Anthony Wong, Eric Tsang, Peter Chan, Lawrence Ah Mon, Gordon Liu, Ti Lung, Stanley Kwan and Chen Kuan Tai.
In contrast to databases such as HKMDB and IMDb, Hong Kong Cinemagic does not include the names of the characters that actors played in their films. However, the film pages often do include comprehensive image galleries of cast and crew.
One advantage the site offers is the listing of cast and crew members by the names and spellings most recognisable to western audiences, in contrast to HKMDB, which lists people by the names and spellings most recognisable to Chinese audiences. For example, HKCinemagic have a listing for Lau Kar Leung  (the Cantonese form), whereas HKMDB's listing is for Liu Chia-Liang  (the Mandarin form). Although both sites allow searching for all variations of names, it may be easier for western users to recognise the entries on Hong Kong Cinemagic's site.
Anthony Wong Chau-sang, known professionally as Anthony Wong, is a British Hong Kong actor who is perhaps best known in the West for his roles in the 1992 action film Hard Boiled, the 2002 critically acclaimed Infernal Affairs and as General Yang in the 2008 Hollywood film The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor.
Once Upon a Time in China and America, also known as Once Upon a Time in China VI, is a 1997 Hong Kong Western martial arts film directed by Lau Kar-wing and Sammo Hung in his last directorial effort until The Bodyguard, who also worked on the film's fight choreography. The film is the sixth and final installment in the Once Upon a Time in China film series. It also saw the return of Jet Li as Cantonese martial arts master and folk hero Wong Fei-hung, who was replaced by Vincent Zhao in the fourth and fifth films. The film was released in Hong Kong on 1 February 1997 and garnered positive reviews.
Lee Moon-shuen known professionally as Lee Hoi-chuen, was a Cantonese opera singer and film actor in Hong Kong. He was the father of Bruce Lee, the father-in-law of Linda Lee Cadwell, and also the paternal grandfather of Brandon Lee and Shannon Lee.
Sharla Cheung Man is a Hong Kong actress and film producer.
Nansun Shi is a Hong Kong film producer, presenter and a former senior advisor for Media Asia Group. She has been in the Hong Kong film industry for many decades and has contributed significantly to the Hong Kong cinema scene since the late 1970s.
Summer Snow is a 1995 Hong Kong comedy-drama film directed by Ann Hui. It stars Josephine Siao and Roy Chiao in leading roles. The film was selected as the Hong Kong entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 68th Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee.
Men Suddenly in Black is a 2003 Hong Kong comedy film directed by Pang Ho-Cheung.
Lee Sun-fung was a Chinese film director, writer and actor from Hong Kong.
Pat Ha Man Jing is a Hong Kong actress. She has been called as the first generation of heroic women in Hong Kong
Tactical Unit is a series of films produced by Johnnie To with studio Milkyway Image, featuring the adventures of two columns of PTU officers, the Kowloon West Police Station and its CID officers, of Hong Kong. The films are in Cantonese.
Irene Wang Yuen Yuen is a Hong Kong model and actress. Wang was known for her roles in the films Flash Point and The Monkey King.
Yuet-ching Lee is a Chinese actress from Hong Kong. Lee is credited with over 300 films.
Man-lei Wong is a Chinese actress from Hong Kong. Wong is credited with over 300 films. Wong has a star at Avenue of Stars in Hong Kong.
Ying Ting is a Chinese actress from Hong Kong. Ting is credited with over 75 films.
Patsy Kar is a Chinese actress from Hong Kong. Kar is credited with over 70 films. Kar has a star at Avenue of Stars in Hong Kong.
Wong-Nui Fung (1925-1992) is a former Chinese actress and Cantonese opera singer from Hong Kong. Fung is credited with over 250 films.
Law-lin Tsi was a former Chinese actress and Cantonese opera singer from Hong Kong. Tsi is credited with over 140 films.
Ho-Kau Chan is a former Chinese actress and Cantonese opera singer from Hong Kong. Chan is credited with over 130 films.