Mr. Tang Wing Cheung
(1916 - 1997)
Original name Tang Wing-cheung, Sun Ma Si-tsang was badly treated by his step-mother and run away from home as a kid. He learned the trade of Cantonese opera under Sai Gei and Ho Sau-nin and became a successful actor in Cantonese opera at a young age, winning him the title of "Child Prodigy". He was good at imitating opera master Ma Si-tsang which prompted his master to give him the stage name Sun Ma Si-tsang. He later practiced under Sit Kok-sin and further practice Beijing Opera in Shanghai, thereby developing his own “Sun Ma” singing style. In 1931, he founded Sun Ma Cantonese Opera Troupe and shot to fame by his signature pieces “Lewdness is the Worst of All Sins” and “Emperor Guangxu Paying Homage to Concubine Zhen at Night”. In 1936, he started acting in films, the first one being “The Perfect Match” (1936). Besides adaptation of his opera pieces onto the silver screen, he was also good at playing comedian roles, as in “Instalment on Marriage” (1961), “Teddy Boy in the Gutter” (1967) and “A Strange Daredevil” (1967). By 1976, he had already made over 300 movies. In 1960, he founded Wing-cheung Records Company and released his own records. Because of his very humble origin, Tang was a philanthropist for all his life and was known as "Opera King of Charity".