Simon Yam News: October-December 2001
December 24: This week's bit comes once again from (who else?) Senor Sanney
via HK news source The Sun: At the Hong Kong airport on Lantau Island,
reporters stopped Crouching Tigress Zhang Zhiyi and a certain Mr. and Mrs. Yam
on Christmas vacation. Asked where they were going, Simon joked, "We're
spending the day touring Lantau Island!" A slap on the shoulder from Qi Qi
provoked the correct answer. "Bangkok".
December 19, 2001: Simon and Qi Qi meet the fans.
Image: The Sun
HK Films Dominate Taiwan's Golden Horse
This year's Golden Horse Awards in Taiwan went almost entirely to Hong
Kong productions. However, Midnight Fly did not fare as well as anticipated
for its 9 nominations, receiving only one award for Best Original Song.
The Best Supporting Actor award, which Simon Yam was nominated for,
was given to actor-singer Patrick Tam for his role as a boxer in Born Wild.
To help promote Simon's golf enterprise, Qi Qi took part in a golf event.
Qi Qi told reporters that she got into golf all because of her husband:
"He was always trying to get me to take it up. He even told me once that
I would look good swinging a golf club. Anyway, I think that you can tell a lot
about a person from the way they play golf. Some people will smash their clubs
into the ground when they get mad. My husband doesn't do that. I've never
seen him get mad while playing golf. I'm totally the opposite. I'm not a very
patient person. However, I've discovered that golf has helped me learn to
control myself. I've learned to be calm and to not rush things. Actually, I don't
do any exercise at all. The only reason I took up golf was because of my husband
and because it seems to be quite popular these days. But now, I find it to be
quite a relaxing hobby."
Wanasports Golf Line Unveiled
November 30th: The Wanasports athletic wear franchise held a promotional event.
This is a company formed by Wan Chi Keung, Sammo Hung, Simon Yam and
Blackie Ko. Among the golf clothing and accessories offered are shirts designed
by Simon himself. Even Wan Chi Keung's wife, Michelle Mei is in on it.
These five celebrities endorse, model and promote the apparel, but they've
also roped in other buddies like Eric Tsang, Alan Tam, Nat Chan, and Miu Kiu Wai.
Wanasports' first store was opened on HK's Nathan Road in July of this year.
Images: Ming Pao
Yam promotes Omega, the high falutin' watch brand he represents in Asia.
Image: The Sun
Midnight Fly Nominated for 9 Golden Horse Awards
November 7, 2001:
Taiwan's prestigious Golden Horse Award nominations have been announced
for 2001. Chief competing films include Durian, Durian, Lan Yu, Millenium
Mambo, Gimme Gimme, and Tsai Ming Liang's What Time is it There?
Filmko's cross-cultural production Midnight Fly has nine nominations,
including a Best Supporting Actor for Simon Yam Tat-Wah.
Here are the nominations for the film:
BEST ACTRESS- Anita Mui
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR- Simon Yam
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS- Junna Risa
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY- Wong Bing Hung
BEST ART DIRECTION- Fok Tak Wah
BEST COSTUME DESIGN- Wong Chi Man
BEST ORIGINAL MUSIC- Mui Lam Mau
BEST SOUND EFFECTS- Philippe Morel
BEST ORIGINAL SONG- Mui Lam Mau (music) Junna Rissa (vocals)
Fulltime Killer also received one nomination for Best Effects. [If you haven't
seen Midnight Fly yet, I recommend it, but don't expect Simon's role to be
Simon attended a Star East event at Planet Hollywood celebrating the
FIFA 2002 World Cup. Guess who the sponsor was.
Ten Best Dressed Awards
L to R: someone, Alex To, Valerie Chow, Kam Kwok Leung, Shu Qi,
Simon Yam, Carol Cheng, Daniel Wu, Sonjia Kwok?, chef Alan Zeman
October 24: Once again, Simon has been chosen as one of the Ten Best
Dressed celebrities. The awards are given by the Hong Kong Fashion
Designer's Association. Simon and Qi Qi modelled some freaky outfits (above).
October 24, 2001: In China, Simon and Gwennie Tam were on hand for the opening
ceremony of Chinese Art and Antique's Exhibit. Wolverine reports that
Simon joked about the over enthusiastic fans who took his camera in the
October 8: Qi Qi (aka Kei Kei) modelling for Chanel. Simon is her hubby, see?
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