8 Mar - Despite the low-key nature of the ceremony, Ng Man Tat's recent memorial service still received a lot of attendance by various stars coming to pay their respects to the late actor.
As reported on Mingpao, among those who were present at the Hung Hom Universal Parlour on 7 March to bid their last farewell were singer Andy Lau, actors Sandra Ng, Tin Kai Man, and Xia Yu, as well as filmmaker Johnnie To.
Sandra, who spoke to the media at the said service, stated that she had worked with Ng in countless movies that there were many unforgettable moments between them.
"In recent years, I wanted to film a movie with him, but he had been too busy. I didn't know he was sick and it saddens me that he suddenly passed away," she said.
On the other hand, Tin Kai Man, who had been the spokesperson for Ng's family since his last hospitalisation, addressed the age issue stemming from the actor's family writing his age as 71 in the obituary.
"Brother Tat was born in 1952 and he was 69 when he passed away. You can write 69 or 70. 71 is according to the Chinese calendar."
However, the one celebrity that attracted the most attention was Stephen Chow, Ng Man Tat's frequent collaborator, who appeared in the late afternoon. The actor was spotted at the memorial service alongside his sister and stayed for nearly ten minutes before leaving with his head down. When the media caught up with him for an interview, the comedy filmmaker only waved his hand and left without answering.
The actor also sent a wreath to the service, with the words "I will always miss you" written on the card. It was placed prominently in the mourning hall aside from flower wreaths from the likes of Andy Lau, Leon Lai, Jacky Cheung, Aaron Kwok, Chow Yun Fat and others.
Ng passed away late last month following news that he was receiving treatment for liver cancer. He was 70.