James Bond villain actor Kenneth Tsang found dead in quarantine hotel

DISAPPEARANCE – Kenneth Tsang, pillar of the golden age of Cantonese cinema with more than 200 roles, died at the age of 87 in Hong Kong. He was returning from a trip to Malaysia.

Kenneth Tsang, stalwart of the “golden age” of Cantonese cinema, was found dead on Wednesday in a quarantined hotel room in Hong Kong, after spending a stay abroad, local media reported. Police said they were informed that a “body” had been discovered. The 87-year-old actor was discovered by hotel staff two days after returning from Singapore, Now News reported. South China Morning Post and theOrientalDaily.

For Hong Kongers and Cantonese moviegoers, Kenneth Tsang was a household name actor, thanks to a career that spanned six decades and more than 200 roles listed in the Internet Movie Database (IMDB). While he began acting in earnest in the 1960s, his most memorable roles were in Hong Kong’s golden era of cinema in the 1980s and 1990s, in films such as The Killer, super cop, Peking Opera Blues and Once A Thief. He was also one of the few Hong Kong stars of that era to break into Hollywood playing supporting roles, mostly villains, in films like The Replacement Killers, Anna and the King, Memoirs of a Geisha or the James Bond, die another day.

In what appears to be his final interview, Kenneth Tsang told the Sin Chew Daily that he had just returned from a two-week trip to Malaysia and had returned to Hong Kong via Singapore. He said he relished the solo trip after being looked after by others on nearly every previous trip in his life. “I will do a quarantine if necessary”, he told the newspaper.

Like China, Hong Kong has adopted a zero Covid strategy, including closing its borders to foreign travellers. For residents, a period of isolation in a quarantine hotel is mandatory. For much of last year the period was 21 days, recently it was reduced to seven days.


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