Actor Simon Yam back to work after stabbing incident

By Zhang Rui
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Hong Kong actor Simon Yam greets fans at an event to promote the movie "Little Q" in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, Aug. 11, 2019. [Photo courtesy of Filmko Entertainment]

Veteran Hong Kong actor Simon Yam was seen in public for the first time in Guangzhou, Guangdong province on Sunday promoting his new movie after being stabbed by a paranoid man in late July.

Yam, his right hand bandaged, appeared at an event for movie "Little Q". The film follows the life of Little Q, a Labrador trained to be a guide dog since puppyhood, who loyally accompanies an ill-tempered pastry chef suffering from blindness.

"'Little Q' resembles a story about me and my daughter. It is a very important movie for me, and the best companion movie I've ever made," Yam said.

The actor didn't specifically mention the stabbing incident, but he said that with love, companionship and support from family and friends, he had gone through his hardest time believing all the difficulties will pass, and the film reflected that idea.

Yam, 64, was being interviewed on stage at an opening ceremony of a EasyHome furnishings store at the Torch High-tech Industrial Development Zone in Zhongshan, Guangdong province, on July 20, when the suspect surnamed Chen, 53, rushed up and stabbed him with a knife.

Hong Kong actor Simon Yam poses with a guide dog for photos at an event to promote the movie "Little Q" in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, Aug. 11, 2019. [Photo courtesy of Filmko Entertainment]

Shocking videos taken by onlookers went viral on China's social networks. A video even shows Yam clutching his stomach as he realizes he is bleeding.

The suspect was soon detained by local police and Yam underwent successful surgery that day. Police said the man suffered from paranoiac schizophrenia, which is popularly known as delusional disorder. After hearing the investigation report, Yam said he would not file charges against the man and event organizers.

Though the onsite security was much tighter on Sunday, Yam still went up to the big crowd and shook hands with fans. He added he had strong confidence in the mainland's forces for law and order, and would not reduce his participation in events there.

The film "Little Q" was originally scheduled for July 25 release in China, but after the stabbing incident, the producers and distributors decided to delay it until Sept. 20 because they said they could not do so “without the most important cast member Simon Yam."

Yam is a veteran and prolific movie and TV actor and producer. He has received international acclaim for his performances in many domestic and international hits such as "Exiled", "Ip Man", "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider – The Cradle of Life" and "Operation Red Sea". He won Best Actor for "Echoes of the Rainbow" at the 29th Hong Kong Film Awards in 2010.

Adapted from Japanese novelist Kengo Ishiguro's acclaimed novel "The Life of Quill, the Seeing-Eye Dog", "Little Q" is directed by Wing-Cheong Law and starring Simon Yam, Gigi Leung, Him Law and Charlie Yeung.

The film's plot has been given a Chinese twist, yet stays true to the touching story of how a lonely heart finds solace in the loving companionship of a loyal friend. The novel has already seen a Japanese film adaptation in 2004, entitled "Quill", an exceptionally tear-jerking production. 

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