"Chinese Midnight Express" director passes away

7 Jul – It is revealed that Hong Kong director Billy Tang has passed away.

As reported on Mingpao, sources say that Tang had been suffering from nasopharyngeal cancer for a long time.

Stephen Au, who worked with Tang in various projects in the past, stated that he was shocked by the news, as it came about all of a sudden.

"I knew that he had been fighting his condition for many years, but then I saw news that he was making a directorial comeback, so I thought his health had improved," he said.

Stephen added that Tang was the director he cooperated with the most while he was with ATV, and that he had learned a lot from him.

Tang joined ATV in the 1970s as an assistant director, and was involved in several productions including 1979's "Reincarnated". He then went on to helm his own TV dramas like "The Pride of Chaozhou", "Born to Be King", and co-directed the hit drama, "My Date with a Vampire".

He had also directed several films throughout his life, including "Dr. Lamb", and "Chinese Midnight Express", before expanding his career to mainland China to direct several more projects including the 2015 thriller, "Death Trip".

He was 69.

(Photo Source: Mingpao)