Simon Yam News: July-September 2001
Simon Yam and Andy Lau Tour Canada
Sept. 13, 2001
Simon Yam and Andy Lau attended the Toronto International Film Festival
for the screening of their film Fulltime Killer. While in Canada they took in
the sights together. Andy Lau was unable to leave Canada due to the
terrorist attacks in New York and DC that week, and had to cancel scheduled
concerts in Sydney, Australia. Lau spoke to Oriental Daily reporters by phone
(as translated by Sanney), "This trip here to Toronto was a happy one for me.
Even though I had to attend many events, Simon Yam Tat-Wah and I got to
take time out to make a side trip to Niagara Falls. However, to have this
disaster strike on the very last day, all the joy is now completely gone. We've
been watching CNN ever since we got up. All of us are just sitting here
mesmerized by what happened. It's difficult to comprehend."
Simon Yam Promotes Fitness
Sept. 2001: Simon Yam attended a fitness center opening with Anya (left)
and Hong Kong supermodel Rosemary (center). Anya (On Nga), a model and
actress previously seen in some racy commercials, will star in Golden Harvest's
new film Sharp Guns. She came to Hong Kong from Taiwan where she was a DJ.
Qi Qi and Simon Hawk Products Together
Image: Ming Pao
Sept. 2001: Simon and wife Qi Qi, who both represent Omega watches as
commercial spokespersons, attended another Omega promotion.
Banquet Celebrates Fulltime Killer's Success
together for a banquet for their film Fulltime Killer at Hong Kong's Peninsula Hotel.
As for that week's wet shirt episode at Andy Lau's Summer Fiesta 2001 concert,
Kelly told reporters that although her expensive outfit was ruined, Andy Lau
did call her up to apologize.
August 24, 2001: Simon attended KISS HONG KONG, a fashion show by Korean
designer Andre Kim. The event, held at the HK Convention & Exhibition Centre,
hosted many of Korea's biggest stars as models and performers, plus
Hong Kong's Ekin Cheng and Stephanie Che as special guests.
Stars of Fulltime Killer Join Andy Lau on Stage
Kelly Lin, Andy Lau and Cherrie Ying Choi-Yi (click to enlarge)
Andy Lau's Summer Fiesta concert series has hosted many special guest stars.
To celebrate the earnings of Fulltime Killer (over HK $25 million), Andy invited
Seems things got a little carried away as Kelly Lin's co-stars doused her with
champagne. Photographers snapped away at Kelly's transparent white top,
and when she tried to hide behind Andy and Simon, they laughed and ran
away as they encouraged photographers to keep shooting.
Simon Yam in Johnnie To's "Fulltime Killer"
Simon Yam's newest film is Johnnie To and Wai Ka Fai's Fulltime Killer,
In this film, Simon plays a detective who is hunting the two killers played
by Andy Lau and Japanese actor/singer Takashi Sorimachi. Not only is
Fulltime Killer Simon's third collaboration with Johnnie To but it is also his
fifth movie with Andy Lau. The last time they shared the screen was in
Future Cops, back in 1993. Fulltime Killer is also the third movie in a row
Simon has made which has been heavy on English dialogue and featured
Japanese actors- Midnight Fly and Final Romance being the previous two.
Qi Qi Comments on Modelling in the HKSAR
August 19, 2001: Qi Qi
Models Qi Qi and Christine Au Yeung presided over a model search contest.
Qi Qi offered these views on the curent state of her profession in Hong Kong,
as translated by my man Sanney: "Actually, Hong Kong is making great strides
in producing models but Hong Kong women can never be as tall as women from
other countries. It's just something that can't be helped. However, every market
has its own needs. Models do not represent any country or territory, they
represent themselves. The most important thing is that a model be relentless
in improving herself." (At almost 6 ft. tall, Qi Qi has ample height for her job).
Aug. 16th: That Simon is always hopping all over the world. Where is he going
now? Oh... wouldn't you like to know. OK, I don't know where the fuq he is.
August 19, 2001:
At the Hong Kong Elite Model Search competition: Qi Qi was among the panel
of judges who selected a winner to represent Hong Kong at Elite's international
model search competition to be held in France. Guest performers at the event
included top models Janet Ma and Rosemary Vandenbroucke.
Simon Promotes 'Maniac' in Malaysia
July 21, 2001: While In Kuala Lampur filming Ringo Lam's new picture, Simon
Yam made a public appearance in Sungei Wang Plaza to promote the new line
of Maniac sunglasses he designed. Simon personally created the brand
several years ago.
"Looking For Mr. Perfect" Films in Malaysia
July 14, 2001
Simon Yam has been in Malaysia shooting his third film for Ringo Lam,
the romance Looking For Mr. Perfect. He took time to hit the golf course
there and take some photos... The bears are for Qi Qi, since she likes em'.
Yam, an avid golf player, has designed a line of golf shirts to be released
later in the summer. He commented on the working conditions in Malaysia
"Working in Malaysia was very difficult. The temperature was always in the high
30s (celsius). Also, Ringo Lam is a very demanding director. You can't even make
one little mistake. Everything has to be just right. In the film, I play a man who
is a great dancer. Personally, I have never taken a dance lesson in my life but
luckily I had some natural talent so it turned out all right."
Simon and Qi Qi Visit the Soviet Union
July 2001: Stephen Chow, Coco Lee, Qi Qi and Simon Yam were in Moscow
to attend festivities for the 2008 Olympic games, which will take place in Beijing.
The media event attracted literally thousands of reporters and crew to the city.
Image: The Sun
Anita Mui, Simon Yam Attend "Midnight Fly" Premiere
Tam- attended the premiere of their new film geared toward female audiences.
This is the first movie Simon has made with director Jacob Cheung, though his
wife Qi Qi was in Cheung's The Kid in 1999. Simon plays Anita Mui's husband,
amazingly this is the first movie they've made together. Shaun Tam, the son
of actor Ti Lung, makes his debut in Midnight Fly.
Shaun's parents were both in attendance, as were Kenneth Tsang and his
wife, and Chin Siu Ho. Simon, pictured above with his wife at the premiere,
also photographed the poster image for Midnight Fly.
Images: Ming Pao
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