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Alan Tang Kwong-Wing was a Hong Kong film actor, producer and director.
Tang was born in Shunde, Guangdong, China, He is the youngest of four
children, having two older brothers and one older sister. His first
starring role was actually at age 16 in the 1963 film The Student
Prince, a role he had gotten after some school friends showed his
picture to the people making a movie at their secondary school. His role
in this early movie earned him the nickname of "The Student Prince."
His secondary education was at the New Method College. After graduation,
he received a full scholarship to the University of Hong Kong Law
School. He deferred his acceptance to pursue an acting career.
Upon graduation from secondary school, Tang acted in Hong Kong youth
films starring Josephine Hsiao Fang-fang, Chen Chen, and Connie Chan Bo
Jue throughout the 1960s. Tang was often voted "Best Male Actor" by film
Tang found fame when he moved to Taiwan during the 1970s, where he had
made over 60 feature films. The films he made were often dramas and
romances, where he would often pair off with Brigette Lin Qing Xia, in
such films as Run Lover Run.
It was reported that Tang made a salary of HK$150,000 per picture
because of his popularity. In one 1974 article, Tang said that he was
working on six movies at the same time, however, he only worked on one
film a day and that made it difficult for producers. In 1974, Tang not
only starred in the Splendid Love in Winter with Chen Chen but he also
produced it. Also that same year the film, Dynamite Brothers was
released. He co-starred with American Football hero Timothy Brown and
In 1977, he formed the production company, The Wing-Scope Company.
With Tang working in Taiwan, and his girlfriend at the time (Janet Yim)
in Hong Kong, the pair had occasional difficulties especially since the
press reported their every move. Tang and Janet, however, remained
together, in spite of living under constant scrutiny.
In 1987, Tang established another production company, In-Gear Film
Production Co., Ltd., working alongside his brother, producer/presenter
Rover Tang, and continued to produce and act in films, establishing
himself as an action star. He appeared in a number of films—generally of
the triad genre—such as Flaming Brothers, Gangland Odyssey, Return
Engagement, Gun N' Rose and The Black Panther Warriors. He has also
produced two films directed by Wong Kar-wai--As Tears Go By and Days of
In the mid-1980s, Wong Kar-wai became a scriptwriter/director at
Wing-Scope and In-Gear. He had written the scripts for the films, Return
Engagement and Flaming Brothers which both starred Tang.
Wong's current nostalgic artsy style took shape during his
apprenticeship with Tang, who invested in the first movie Wong directed,
As Tears Go By. Wong's career took off when he directed the film Days
of Being Wild in 1990, despite Tang losing millions of invested dollars.