HK movie fans will forever link actor Ng Man-tat with comedic actor-director Stephen Chow and it’s probably both a blessing and a curse for both. The legendary supporting actor passed away today in Hong Kong at the age of 70 years old, in the hospital since earlier in the month due to rapid deterioration from liver cancer that he had been battling for years. Ng Man-tat’s nearly 40 year acting career spanned TVB dramas to his most well-known comedic foil to superstar Stephen Chow’s long list of silly movies in the 1990’s heyday of HK film. I devoured all those movies and the nonsensical banter between the two coupled with agile physical comedy was a hallmark and their last collaboration together was the hit comedy Shaolin Soccer in 2001 before a reported professionally and personal falling out. Ng Man-tat continued to act in many more movies and his passing was mourned by all in the industry. I will remember his uncle routine fondly and treasure the memories of enjoying those movies perfect for family watching growing up.