Charles Wang Cheung-tze Members of the Hong Kong film industry will gather later this month to mourn the death of famed movie veteran Charles Wang Cheung-tze. Wang, managing director of Salon Films, died of cancer in a New York hospital on July 6. He was 74. He began his career as an assistant information officer with the Hong Kong Information Services Department. He later went on to expand the business his late father, T.C. Wang, had set up in 1969, shaping Salon Films into a company that provided services and facilities to movie-makers throughout Asia. The company has offices in Malaysia, Thailand, Shanghai, Beijing and Manila. Salon Films became renowned for providing film equipment and experienced personnel to production crews at affordable prices. It was the first company to introduce the Panavison camera and lens systems, as well as the Chapman dolly - all vital pieces of movie equipment - to Asian crews at costs that even cash-strapped companies could afford. Wang, and his brother Fred, are also credited with bridging the gap between the Hollywood and Asian film industries. His company shot the Shanghai-based scenes in last year's Mission: Impossible III, starring Tom Cruise, as well as Double Impact and Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story. The production crew on Oscar-winning Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon used Salon Film equipment, leading the film's cinematographer, Peter Pau, to thank Wang and Salon Films in his Academy Award acceptance speech 'for giving the incredible support for the equipment and also, charging almost nothing'. Throughout his career, Wang worked with the creme-de-la-creme of Hong Kong and Asian directors, producers and stars, including Jackie Chan, Chow Yun-fat, Ang Lee, Tsui Hark, Anna Hui, Arthur Wong, Bill Wong and Nancy Kwan. Last year, he was awarded the Professional Achievement Award for his services to the film industry, spanning more than 40 years, at the 25th Hong Kong Film Awards. He was also a recipient of the Medal of Honour earlier this month for his contributions to the development of the film and TV industry in Hong Kong. Because of his love and support of French film and culture, he was named Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, July 29, at the college chapel of his alma mater, Chung Chi College of the Chinese University of Hong Kong in Sha Tin.