The following 1970's articles were contributed to this webpage on Alan Tang by his long-time fan Irene. For pictures from the 1970s use the pictures link below. Both articles and pictures are very special and I am sure you will enjoy them as much as I have. Thanks again to Irene for sharing her treasures with all of us. Many of the articles and pictures came from the Cinemart Star Magazine, which I understand is no longer published. Too bad, because they did a great job in covering Alan Tang's early career. There will be more added to this section as time permits.
As I read through the articles with the help of Professor Lu Chunlei written on Alan Tang during the 1970's, I was struck by two contrasting images. One image was Alan Tang as the young, charismatic, handsome, romantic, leading man movie star. With some of his money he bought expensive cars, boats, homes, and dogs. He loved to hunt and fish. Magazines and newspapers often featured stories on him, some of which involved rumors about his female costars. Tang flaunted authority with his cars and held the record for getting tickets at one point in Hong Kong. In Taiwan he lost his drivers license for speeding and traffic violations. This actually cost he the lead in one movie. As a star Tang was often subjected to remarks by others, some of which he brushed off but others he responded to by fighting. After one such fight in the USA, Tang was actually arrested.
The other image of Alan Tang is that of a responsible, hard-working, smart businessman, dedicated to his family and friends. Tang makes it clear that he likes money and the ability to do the things that it provides, like building his own business. He invested most of what he earned making movies into businesses which he developed with trusted partners. Tang placed a great deal of emphasis on the importance to him of TRUSTWORTHY friends and partners. Tang spent lots of money on his hobbies which included his favorite hunting and keeping hunting dogs also cars, and boats. He never wasted his money on gambling. Tang was easy-going on the outside but tense and driven to succeed on the inside. He was loyal, affectionate and loving always to Janet, his girlfriend and eventual wife. Tang took her on location whenever possible and always brought her gifts when she couldn't go. Their relationship was built on trust, love and mutual understanding which is probably why it has lasted so long.
Tang as a young person was very family oriented. He considered Hong Kong his home as his mother, brothers and sisters were there. He took care of his mother and was protective of her. Tang gave credit to his father, who had owned several theaters, for his success. Before the start of each movie, Tang would pay tribute to his father by visiting his grave. Tang worked hard to build his businesses, often staying at work until midnight or later. He made movies in both Cantonese and Mandarin and even made one in English in the USA.
Alan Tang loves dogs. He was always buying and caring for them, which could be difficult when he was making movies. There are two funny dog stories that appeared in article #1 below. The first involved a large dog that Tang had for a pet. Tang had to go off filming for the day and so cleverly chained the big dog to a faucet handle in the bathroom. When the dog saw his master leave, he decided to free himself. He accomplished this and in the process, smashed the faucet handle. When Tang returned, he found shoes, clothes, etc. afloat and water so deep you needed a paddle to get across the room.
The second dog "tail" involved two beautiful puppies Tang and Janet bought in Taiwan. They wanted to take the puppies home to Hong Kong and really loved to cuddle and hold them. Hong Kong has a month-long quarantine on incoming pets, which they decided to circumvent by smuggling the puppies in using Janet's handbag. Tang gave the puppies a mild seditive to put the puppies to sleep and then they took them on the flight. The first problem they encountered was when the puppies woke up during the flight. They managed to keep them quiet and to get through customs in Hong Kong all right. Here the problem with being rich and famous took over when the newspapers reported that the famous Alan Tang had come back to Hong Kong with two puppies. The dog police showed up and Tang had some explaining to do.
Occasionally, one of Tang's costars would claim that there was something between them, as in article #2 below. If Tang responded to such stories, it would be to say how important Janet was in his life and that nothing happened. Reporters constantly bugged Tang about when he and Janet would marry, which, of course, eventually they did. Tang would respond to such questions by saying that they loved each other and it didn't matter if they were married. They trusted each other and treated each other well. Janet for her part did an excellent job of responding to reporters. She won their respect for what a good girl Alan had picked.
It is reported that Alan Tang made a salary of HK$150,000 per picture because he was so popular. In one 1974 article Alan Tang said that he was working on six movies at same time. Tang said, however, that 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 also produced it. He talks about being so tired from working on his businesses that he could barely talk to Janet when he returned home at night. In another case, Tang describes having insomnia when he was separated from Janet. He was filming in Taiwan and Janet was in Hong Kong. It is no wonder then that the pair had occasional difficulties especially since the press reported their every move. It is a tribute to their love that Alan and Janet have remained together all these years in spite of living under constant scrutiny.
This article from June, 1977 (Cinemart Magazine) which was translated by Irene says that Alan is busy with his filming schedule, his dogs, cars and selling and buying property. He seldom goes hunting because he lost his drivers license. He passes his free time fishing. He owns a yacht but uses it only 2 or 3 times a month. The yacht is parked in the harbour. Now that it is summer, Alan should be on the sea.
In this 1974 article, Alan Tang was the top male actor based on a Top Tenstars contest (see English section in article). See also article 19 for 1973.
In this article Alan Tang describes how he thinks about what he is going to do even after he has gone to bed and often gets up to write it down. It is interesting that in a 1999 article he discusses doing the same thing. In this article he says that he is never disappointed in anything and that when he fails he will try again until he is a success. Tang says that he has confidence in himself (check the English text below).
Alan Tang starred in the Wickedness in Poverty in 1979.
This story is from the movie called The Chase made in 1978.
In 1975 the team of actors participating in the Asian Film Festival held in Jakarta stopped in Hong Kong for two days. Alan Tang invited them to the Storm Shelter, a famous spot in Hong Kong, for seafood and then to his villa. Note that Brigitte Lin is in several of the pictures along with Alan his girlfriend Janet. They all enjoyed themselves and relaxed.
In this article Alan Tang with Janet indicates that there was a misunderstanding about the news that came from Taipei which was that while filming the movie Love By the Sea, Tang has been beaten by some gangsters at a hotel where he had gone for supper.
Alan Tang produced and starred in the Splendid Love in Winter in 1974. In was directed bu Patrick Tse and co-starred Chen Chen.
Alan tang was filming the movie Playboy in Singapore and was warmly received by fans there (See English Text).
Alan Tang was filming in Taiwan and missing his girlfriend Janet. His salary has risen to HK$150,000 (See English Text).
Two articles on Alan Tang and Brigitte Lin in the The Love Story of Pin Pin. Also called Love Story
Alan Tang in the movie, Too Young.
Alan Tang discusses his career in the article, Alan Does Not Look Back. It says basically that Alan Teng Kuang Yung has been voted by the Cinemart readers to the top of the list of Top Cinemart Stars. This shows his wide popularity with movie-goers. In a recent interview he says that he is very happy and grateful to the Cinemart readers who have voted him the most popular star and he will work even harder to produce quality films for the movie fans. "Where the Seagull Flies", his latest film, is now being shot in Taiwan. Directed by Li Hsing, it stars Chen Chen and Alan. The film will soon have some location shots in Hong Kong and Singapore.
In this 1973 article Alan Tang was the top male actor based on a Top Tenstars contest (see English section in article). See also article six in 1974.
This article is about the movie First come, First Love made in 1974.
This article is about the movie The Chase made in 1978.
This article is about the movie Forever and Ever made in 1977.
This article is about the movie The Playboy made in 1974.
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