A lan Tang. 1946-2011, was a legendary figure in Hong Kong film. He shot to fame at the tender age of 18, starring in the film The Student Prince . He quickly became a teen idol, his boyish charm and westernized persona winning the hearts of school girls across the land as the then colony marched into a glorious youth era.
Tang's career as a matinee idol continued to blossom in the 1970s. At a time when gentle romantic dramas were displaced by ferocious martial arts films, he managed to find a niche for himself. He moved to Taiwan, where melodramas were still popular. Paired frequently with the divas Brigitte Lin and Chen Chen, Tang's handsome good looks and slender physique won him new legions of fans still dreamy about princes and white horses.
Tang made another shrewd career move in 1977, coming back to Hong Kong when the Taiwan film industry suffered from decline. He took things into his own hands, forming first Wing-Scope Film Production and later In-Gear Film Production, making action films in which he often starred and for which he occasionally also directed. After a career of over 60 features, he retired from film in the 1990s.
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