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Hong Kong Film Directors' Guild - Directors - Chi Wai Eric TSANG
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Eric Tsang Chi-wai was born in Hong Kong in 1953. After completing secondary school, he became a professional soccer player for Sing Tao’s Reserve Unit. He later entered the film industry, as a martial arts stuntman before becoming a scriptwriter and eventually a director. After joining Cinema City, he was responsible for the Aces Go Places series of films, which established the company on a competitive footing with Shaw Brothers and Golden Harvest. The series became one of the most commercially successful films of the 1980s, breaking box office records. Tsang also made the Lucky Stars series of lavish, star studded comedies with Sammo Hung, Feng Tsui-fan, Richard Ng Yiu-hon, John Sham and Charlie Chin that regularly topped the box office charts. In addition, Tsang participated in Wong Jing’s The Crazy Companies series of films, and his character’s sharptongued dialogue left a lasting impression on audiences. With his place in the film industry secure, Tsang branched out into investment, line producing and production of films.

While still a scriptwriter, Tsang was already doing cameos. He usually played funnymen roles, as in Lucky Stars Go Places (1986) and It's a Mad, Mad, Mad World (1987). He garnered the Best Actor Award at the 11th Hong Kong Film Awards for his role in Alan and Eric Between Hello and Goodbye (1991), and Best Supporting Actor for his role in Comrades, Almost A Love Story (1996). In 1998, he was awarded the Best Supporting Actor Award at the 35th Golden Horse Award for his performance in Hold You Tight (1997). His role as a Triad boss in Infernal Affairs (2002) was considered one of his more memorable as well.

In 1990, ATV head Selina Chow invited Tsang and Andrew Lam Man-chung to be the hosts of a new comedy show, and the pair became regular on-stage partners ever since. In the early 1990s, TVB sought out Tsang to be the host of a comedy celebrity game show, which became a ratings hit. Since 1992, Tsang also regularly hosted the Miss Hong Kong Pageant and the Jade Solid Gold Best Ten Music Awards, and he has been one of the most representative hosts of the Hong Kong Film Awards (while also taking up behind-the-scene duties.) In 1995, he hosted another celebrity game show, Movie Buff Championship, which scored a 39-point rating and solidified his position as one of the most popular variety show hosts in Hong Kong.

During the dot-com boom of 2000, Tsang teamed up with good friends Alan Tam and Natalis Chan to form Star East and invited other showbiz friends to take part. The company went public on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, but was sold after the dot-com bubble burst. In 2006, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Colorado Hatton, and in 2008, he received a Medal of Honor granted by the Hong Kong SAR government.

Tsang teamed up with actress Jaime Chik Mei-chun to invest in the Happy Veggies Restaurant, with a hearing-impaired staff hired through the charity group Silence. Because of his efforts to hire the hearing-impaired, he was awarded Hero of Barrier Barrier free City honor by the Equal Opportunities Commission and the Hong Kong Federation of the Blind. Tsang’s love of soccer remains undiminished; he had served as a Hong Kong Junior Squad representative, and is still an active member of the All Star Soccer Team, as well as an honorary chairman of the Sunray Cave JC Sun Hei Soccer Team.

In 2004, Tsang became the President of the Hong Kong Performing Artistes Guild and was re-elected in 2006 and 2010. In 2013, he left the post due to dispute over the Guild’s delayed response to the Government’s failure to grant a TV license to HKTV. For two consecutive years between 2012-13, Tsang served as the chair of the planning committee for the 55th and 56th Asia-Pacific Film Festival when the event was held in Macau.

Year Chinese name English name Directors
2012 《光輝歲月》
Glory Days XIONG Xin Xin
2011 《我愛HK 開心萬歲》
I Love Hong Kong CHUNG Shu Kai
2011 《我愛香港》
I Love Hong Kong CHUNG Shu Kai
2010 《七十二家租客》
72 Tenants of Prosperity KONG Patrick CHUNG Shu Kai
2010 《72 家租客》
72 Tenants of Prosperity KONG Patrick CHUNG Shu Kai
1996 《四個32A 和一個香蕉少年》
Those Were the Days
1993 《反斗馬騮》
Come Fly the Dragon
1993 《一屋哨牙鬼》
Vampire Family TSO Kin Nam
1992 《絕代雙驕》
Handsome Siblings
1992 《五福星撞鬼》
Ghost Punting YUEN Corey HUNG Sammo LAU Koon Wai Ricky
1991 《五福星撞鬼》
Ghost Punting YUEN Corey HUNG Sammo
1991 《五虎將之決裂》
The Tigers
1990 《安樂戰場》
Fatal Vacation
1989 《小小小警察》
Little Cop
1989 《返老還童》
Forever Young
1988 《報告典獄長》
It's a Mad Mad Prison
1987 《龍兄虎弟》
Armour of God CHAN Jackie
1987 《開心勿語》
Trouble Couples
1987 《用愛捉伊人》
You're My Destiny
1986 《開心勿語》
Trouble Couples SOO Ching Lam Maria
1986 《兩公婆八條心》
The Strange Bedfellow LO Di Ming
1986 《最佳福星》
Lucky Stars Go Places
1986 《小生獻醜》
Shyly Joker WU Ma
1984 《大小不良》
Double Trouble
1983 《最佳拍檔大顯神通》
Aces Go Places II
1982 《最佳拍檔》
Aces Go Places
1981 《何方神聖》
The Crazy Chase
1980 《賊贓》
The Loot
1979 《踢館》
The Challenger