Kenneth Tsang, a pillar of Cantonese cinema’s “Golden Age,” was discovered dead in a Hong Kong hotel room on Wednesday while undergoing obligatory quarantine after returning from overseas, according to local media. According to reports from Now News, the South China Morning Post, and the Oriental Daily, Tsang, 87, was discovered in a quarantine hotel two days after returning from Singapore.
Police were told around lunchtime that a “body” had been discovered by hotel personnel, according to an incident report (0400 GMT).
Veteran Hong Kong actor Kenneth Tsang passed away today whilst quarantining at a Hong Kong Hotel 😞
He starred in some of the best HK films during the 80’s and 90’s inc A Better Tomorrow 1&2, The Killer, Peking Opera Blues as well Once A Thief and Supercop.
He will be missed 🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/GKIRzd4HLi
— H A S S A N (@Neo_Manifesto) April 27, 2022
Who was Kenneth Tsang? (Wiki, Age, Biography)
According to the event report, the deceased was an 87-year-old man called Tsang. He was a household figure among Hong Kongers and Cantonese film enthusiasts, thanks to a six-decade acting career that included more than 200 credits on the film database IMDB. For four decades, he was also the face of a Hong Kong hair dye company. While he began acting professionally in the 1960s, many of his most notable performances were in Hong Kong films from the 1980s and 1990s, such as The Killer, Supercop, Peking Opera Blues, and Once A Thief.
He was also one of the few Hong Kong stars of the time to make the transition to Hollywood, appearing in minor roles in films such as The Replacement Killers, Die Another Day (a James Bond film), Anna and the King, and Memoirs of a Geisha, mostly as villains. Tsang told the Sin Chew Daily that he had just returned from a two-week trip to Malaysia and had flown back to Hong Kong via Singapore in what could be his final interview. After being looked after by people for practically all of his previous excursions, he described how much he enjoyed being on his own.
Current situation of Covid-19 in Hong Kong:
“If I have to quarantine I will,” Tsang told a Chinese-language Malaysian tabloid, which published a photo of the actor beaming while holding a piece of durian fruit. Hong Kong, like China, has implemented a strict zero-Covid strategy, with borders mostly closed during the pandemic and returning citizens forced to remain in quarantine hotels. For much of last year, people were forced to spend 21 days in quarantine, although this was recently reduced to seven days. Last Monday, Hong Kong lifted a two-year ban on non-residents flying into the city.
Widespread tourism or smooth business travel, on the other hand, are unlikely to return in the foreseeable future. Airlines are only flying a few routes to Hong Kong now, compared to before the crisis, and carriers that bring in more than five coronavirus cases face a five-day ban on that route under current standards.