Eric Tsang

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Eric Tsang
Eric Tsang at Shanghai Film Festival.jpg
Eric Tsang at the Shanghai Film Festival in 2007
Background information
Chinese name 曾志偉 (traditional)
Chinese name 曾志伟 (simplified)
Pinyin Zēng Zhìwěi (Mandarin)
Jyutping Zang1 Zi3-wai5 (Cantonese)
Born (1953-04-14) 14 April 1953 (age 65)
British Hong Kong
Occupation Master of Ceremonies, actor, director, producer, comedian
Children Bowie Tsang
Derek Tsang
Ancestry Wuhua County, Meizhou, Guangdong, China
Awards
Hong Kong Film Awards
Best Actor
1992 Alan and Eric Between Hello and Goodbye
Best Supporting Actor
1997 Comrades: Almost a Love Story
Golden Bauhinia Awards
Best Supporting Actor
1997 Comrades: Almost a Love Story
Golden Horse Awards
Best Supporting Actor
1997 Hold You Tight
TVB Anniversary Awards
My Favourite On-Screen Partners (Non-Dramas)
1998 Super Trio series
1999 Super Trio Series
2001 Super Trio Series
2004 Super Trio Series
Best Presenter
2009 Super Trio Series
Other awards
Changchun Film Festival
Best Supporting Actor
2006 2 Young
Eric Tsang
Avenue of Stars Eric Tsang.JPG
Eric Tsang's hand print and autograph at the Avenue of Stars in Hong Kong.
Traditional Chinese 曾志偉
Simplified Chinese 曾志伟

Eric Tsang Chi-wai MH (曾志偉) (born 14 April 1953) is a Hong Kong actor, film director, producer, and television host, best known for hosting the variety show Super Trio series on the Hong Kong television network TVB over 18 years.[1][2]

Family background[edit]

Tsang is a Hakka of Wuhua ancestry. His father, Tsang Kai-wing, was a former football coach and player, then served in the Royal Hong Kong Police Force from 1940 to 1972. He fled to Taiwan to escape from the Independent Commission Against Corruption in 1976 after being convicted of corruption and sentenced to three years in jail, while still free pending an appeal. In 2001, the Department of Justice seized his house in La Salle Road and later auctioned it for HK$4.35 million after 10 years of civil proceedings. Tsang Kai-wing died in Taiwan in 2011 with his son Eric and other family members around him.[3][4]

Career[edit]

Due to his popularity, Tsang is often the master of ceremonies (MC) in events organised by the Hong Kong television network TVB, and he was nicknamed "Prize Master" (獎門人).[citation needed] In his youth, Tsang was a Hong Kong professional soccer player.[citation needed]

Tsang began his showbusiness career as a stuntman. He is known for being a short plump guy with a habit of speaking before thinking, often landing himself into hot water.[citation needed] His insults have led to him being assaulted by rumoured triads over bad mouthing singer Joey Yung.[citation needed] As an MC in the Miss Chinese International Pageant, he often favours contestants in Hong Kong.[citation needed]

Nevertheless, Tsang also appeared in many successful Hong Kong films, gaining actor awards and nominations. Early on in his career, he was typecast as a bumbling, ugly, and crude sidekick, and it was not until encouragement from his daughter Bowie Tsang to stop doing comedic roles that he went on to star in a film with friend Alan Tam and was awarded a Hong Kong best actor award.[citation needed] Perry Lam, a cinema critic from Muse, wrote that Tsang 'brings directness, straightness and a lack of nonsense to whatever role he plays, and occasionally demonstrates an uncanny ability to enter the egoless states of which only the greatest of character actors like Robert Duvall are capable.'[5]

Personal life[edit]

Tsang is a devout Buddhist, often leading other actors in efforts to raise money for Hong Kong Buddhist temples and events.[6]

Tsang's best friends are Natalis Chan and Alan Tam, who are also famous singers and actors from Hong Kong . Tsang has married three times. His daughter, Bowie Tsang, from his first marriage, is a Mandopop singer and Taiwanese TV host, while his son, Derek Tsang, from his second marriage, is an actor and writer. Tsang has been close friends with Tam's family since childhood as their fathers were colleagues in the police force and played football together.

Tsang is a cousin of former Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Frederick Ma.[4]

Sexual assault allegation[edit]

In December 2013, Next Magazine published an anonymously-produced interview with actress Yammie Lam where she said that she had been raped by two Hong Kong entertainment industry "big brothers" 20 years ago. According to Lam, one of the individuals had passed away not long ago, while the other individual is alive. She further claims that the second individual had raped her during a film production in Singapore. However, the names of the alleged perpetrators were censored out of the audio, which generated intense media speculation. It is not known who the interviewer was; in fact, the interviewer's voice shows evidence of having been digitally manipulated from a natural female voice to a male voice. [7][8] In January 2018, a mainland Chinese journalist uploaded what purported to be an uncensored recording of Yammie Lam's 2013 interview. In the new 2018 clip, the interviewer now has a natural female voice, and the formerly censored portions implicate Alan Tang (deceased in 2011) and Eric Tsang as the two alleged rapists of Lam. Media analysts have endorsed the authenticity of the newly released video; they note that the 2018 video did not have noise removal or other post-production traces that are observed in the publicly released 2013 clip; hence, whomever leaked the video must have had direct access to the original unedited video.[9]

Two days after the release of the January 2018 video, the sexual offense claim against Eric Tsang was corroborated by Grace Han, a talent agent who formerly headed the Ford Models agency in Asia. Han further alleged that Eric Tsang had sexually assaulted more than one woman, and claims to know of a specific incident in which a group of male Hong Kong celebrities, led by Tsang, allegedly drugged seven female models in a Hong Kong karaoke bar and raped six of them, while one girl escaped after she noticed the drugging. [10][11]

Tsang rejected the authenticity of the uploaded video and did not address Grace Han's allegation. A week after the allegations surfaced, Tsang filed a defamation lawsuit against Grace Han in the Hong Kong High Court, arranged for a press event, and announced that "punishment" is needed. Tsang further claimed to the media that he had already won a defamation lawsuit in 2006 on similar grounds, but independent media sources have not been able to corroborate this claim. [12][13]

Filmography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.meizhou.cn/news/1206/08/12060800068.html Eric Tsang's ancestry, 8 June 2012
  2. ^ "Eric Tsang". chinesemov.com. Retrieved March 27, 2010. 
  3. ^ Central Station (31 August 2009). "The worst of times for Fred Ma". Archived from the original on 2011-06-04. 
  4. ^ a b Tsang Kai-wing dies aged 94 after 35 years as corruption fugitive, SCMP, Danny Mok, 19 Jan 2011
  5. ^ Lam, Perry (April 2008). "'Little big man'". Muse Magazine (15): 94. 
  6. ^ 组图:娱乐圈明星信佛知多少. QQ News (in Chinese). 27 February 2007. Retrieved 21 May 2012. 
  7. ^ JayneStars - Admitted Raped by entertainment "Big Brother"
  8. ^ https://variety.com/2018/film/asia/hong-kong-eric-tsang-denies-rape-allegations-1202661112/
  9. ^ BBC China, 2018 (traditional Chinese)
  10. ^ Sina China, 2018 (simplified Chinese)
  11. ^ Variety, 2018 (English)
  12. ^ Sina China, 2018 (simplified Chinese)
  13. ^ Variety, 2018 (English)
  14. ^ Kil, Sonia (June 15, 2016). "Korea's CJ Entertainment Announces China Production Lineup". Variety. Retrieved June 16, 2016. 

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