Hong Kong film production house China Star Entertainment has signed a distribution agreement with Yahoo! Hong Kong to supply martial arts pictures for Internet distribution.
Under the terms of the deal, 100 China Star titles will be digitised and distributed on the Internet free of charge. China Star chairman Heung Wah-keung said he hoped free distribution would combat video compact disc (VCD) piracy.
China Star has optioned some of the titles to be digitised from Golden Harvest Entertainment's library, which includes classics from stars such as Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan.
China Star and Yahoo! would not disclose the financial arrangements of the agreement. It is expected the movies will be accessible for viewing through a Yahoo! Website after their theatrical, cable TV and VCD outings but Heung Wah-keung said viewers might get to see them sooner depending on the project's success.