| ||A native of Guangdong, in 1967 he joined TVB as a cinematographer. In 1975, he became a director and a scriptwriter, and made the well-known artistic dramas such as ''CID'' and ''Seven Women''. One of the episodes titles ''The Star Map'' in his TV work ''Wonderfun'' even won the Silver Medal in International Film and TV Festival of New York. In the same year, Tan was sent by TVB to San Francisco, the United States, to further study the techniques of film-making and editing. In 1977, he left TVB to become a film director. His works ''The Sword'', ''Love Massacre'' and ''Nomad'' were characterized by an innovative usage of the film language, and assured Tan's position as one of the representatives of Hong Kong New Wave Directors. Tan has been concentrating on film editing most recently. He won the Best Editing Awards in the 28th and 31st Golden Horse Awards with ''Days of Being Wild'' and ''Ashes of Time'' respectively, both directed by Wong Kar-Wai.
From the DVD release of ''Cherie''