Hong Kong-based production house China Star Entertainment made its entry into the growing numbers of entertainment dotcoms today (June 19) with the launch of its web-site Chinastar.com.

China Star claims the site has one of the most extensive databases of Chinese movie information, with more than a thousand film-related documents from China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Future plans include the webcast of 100 movies produced under an agreement with Yahoo! Asia which co-brands the site (Screendaily, February 22).

"Our goal is to promote Chinese-language movies around the world, and this is the birth of a professional movie web-site for Chinese movies," said Charles Heung Wah-keung, a former actor who formed China Star Entertainment in 1984.

The site will also carry information on films in production, actor training courses and a distribution channel that can be used by industry professionals.