Alan Tang Kwong-wing was born in Hong Kong in 1946 and attended New Method College. He worked for a time as an English translator for a radio station as well as a model. In 1963, Lan Kwong Film placed an open casting call for its new film Student Prince, and Tang was recommended by his classmates to try out for the role, winning the part over more than a thousand applicants. The film made Tang an instant star, and he was thereafter nicknamed the Student Prince. He subsequently starred in many youth films in which he was often paired with Josephine Siao and Connie Chan Po-chu, and was voted by numerous magazines as best actor.
In 1972, Tang went to Taiwan to star in Love in a Cabin, adapted from a novel by Hsuan Hsiao-fu. He later made over 30 films in Taiwan. With the exception of the war film Land of the Undaunted, the rest were all romance movies. His co-stars included prominent actresses such as Chen Chen, Brigitte Lin, Joan Lin, Sylvia Chang, Tien Niu, Jenny Hu, Jenny Tseng, Candice Yu and Joey Wong In the late 1970s, he continued to star in Hong Kong and Taiwan films, which further confirmed his place as one of the biggest Chinese stars of his time.
After returning to Hong Kong in 1977, Tang formed Wing Scope Company with his elder brother Rover Tang Kwong-chow, and codirected with Stanley Siu Wing his debut feature, The Discharged, an early prison films. His second feature Law Don (also codirected with Stanley Siu Wing) is noted for its vivid portrayal of triad ways. Other films produced by Wing Scope include Don’t Kill Me, Brother! (1981), New York Chinatown (1982), The Militarism Revival (1983) and A Hearty Response (1986), most of which with triad themes.
In 1987, Tang’s company In-Gear Film Production presented Flaming Brothers, written by Wong Kar Wai. Tang Recognized Wong’s talent and In-Gear funded Wong’s debut feature, As Tears Go By (1988), which was invited to participate in the Critic’s Week at Cannes International Film Festival in 1989. In 1990, Tang again produced Wong’s next film, Days of Being Wild. Even though both films fared poorly at the box office, they firmly established Wong’s reputation as a director of note. In 1991, Days of Being Wild won the Best Film and Best Director awards at the Hong Kong Film Awards as well as the Best Director Award at the Golden Horse Film Awards in Taiwan. Tang died of a heart attack in Hong Kong in 2011 at the age of 64.
|Year||Chinese name||English name||Directors|
||Law Don||SIU Ka Wing|
||The Discharged||SIU Ka Wing|