Alan Tang, 鄧光榮 has died last night of a heart attack. The real deal Godfather of HK cinema that’s not into Show like a certain International Star. He’s so well loved in his field…and my Mom’s first onscreen crush.
When I watched my share of school idol dramas, Hanadan and their likes, my mom always sneak in a reference to her Student Prince Gen N1 Alan Tang.
He’s good at his studies, he won the role of the student prince in the idol drama of the Cantonese Wave in the 60s. But after bursting into great stardom, he continued his schooling, earned his diploma, then became a bona fide teenage dreamboy.
A clip of his very first movie, Student Prince
It’s an eerie coincidence when I’m jumping up and down reading a Mingpaonews Weekly article on the 20th anni remastered Days of Being Wild and its precious, unseen before bts and its rumored part2. WKW, u slyslysly fox, u have enough footage shot of a part2 and u’ve kept it fr me for TWENTY YEARS!! u bastard! The article also has the last tidbits of the last day in Leslie’s life. April fools is coming up, but I can never have a good old laugh without remember him since 8 years ago. I’m sure more than half of HK is with me, united we mourn, still.
The coincidence is Mr. Alan Tang, by the time WKW was starting his PD career late 80s early 90s, was very involved in funding films and working backstage in greenlighting HK movies, he financed As Tears Go By and make WKW a name and street cred to do what he did with Days of Being Wild and THAT collection of HK moviestars at their peak. Mr Tang financed that as well, in the ballpark of 40 million HKD of his OWN $. DoBW bombed at the box office, but I’m forever grateful, as it stands it’s on my all time best HK movie list, and it has my favorite Leslie character.
God Speed Mr Tang, RIP. You will be fondly remembered.
The MingPaoNews Weekly article: