Simon Yam News- April-June 2003
Simon in Hong Kong Movie Hall of FameTM
Simon Yam Tat Wah is the 200th inductee in The Hong Kong Movie Hall of Fame!
THE SIMON YAM CANON CAMERAS PROMOTIONAL TOUR
Fans in Malaysia will have another chance to meet with Simon at The Simon Yam
Canon Cameras Promotion Tour. He'll be in town April 12th and 13th at 3 venues.
HK Stars and SARS
April 11th: Atypical pneumonia, or SARS, is wreaking havoc on every aspect of Hong
Kong life. Fears of the deadly virus spreading have caused the Udine Film Festival
organizers to "uninvite" its Asian guests! This includes Lam Suet and Simon Yam.
Simon (seen above at a CANON promotion), says that he's had a health check and
wears a mask sometimes. Still, he received a letter of apology from the organizers
barring HK visitors. Simon has attended the Udine festival in past years.
Run and Kill on DVD
The Category III classic Run and Kill starring Simon Yam and Kent Cheng
has been released on DVD by Universe.
April 3rd: In an interview with Oriental Daily, Qi Qi talked about her career and
personal life. While she has spent less time on the runways lately, Qi Qi has
been busy as an image consultant and beauty book author.
On her husband Simon (courtesy Sanney), the Vienna bred model said,
"If I never met him, I wouldn't have fallen in love with Hong Kong and made it
my home. I probably would have left a long time ago."
PTU Premieres at HKIFF
April 8th: Cast members and director Johnnie To were on hand for the screening of
the Hong Kong premiere of PTU. Also in attendance- Nicholas Tse, Josie Ho, Jordan
Chan and the boys from SHINE.
Pictured above (left to right): SHINE, Ruby Wong, Josie Ho, Jordan Chan, Maggie Siu,
(crouching): Simon Yam and Nicholas Tse
Images: Oriental Daily
April 6th: Film veterans Elaine Kam and Simon Yam, presenters at the
22nd Hong Kong Film Awards.
Simon Yam Remembers Leslie Cheung
April 3rd: Simon Yam and Johnnie To appeared together at a PTU promotion, but like
the rest of Hong Kong, minds were on the untimely passing of Leslie Cheung.
My translation of Simon's remarks are very rough, but he commented that he
regretted to hear of his death, that Leslie died too soon and was too young.
He mentioned Qi Qi's work with Gor Gor in The Kid. Leslie was a highly sensitive
person, says Yam, and his death is a pity. With all the recent turmoil in Hong Kong
and the world, (such as SARS disease), HK "lacked light", as Simon put it. He hopes
that the region can regain that light soon.
The above photo is from a charity event just last May. Simon, Karen Mok,
and Leslie Cheung are pictured at left.
Hong Kong Bids Farewell to Leslie Cheung
April 1st: Leslie Cheung meant so much to anyone who is a fan of Hong Kong cinema
or Cantopop. For many of us, he was one of the first icons we were exposed to in
our early exploration of Hong Kong film. His roles in films such as A Better Tomorrow,
Rouge, Once a Thief, A Chinese Ghost Story and Farewell My Concubine are
essential viewing. And now, his suicide- sudden, dramatic and mysterious, has
stunned and saddened millions of admirers.
Simon Yam never got to work with Leslie Cheung- the only film in which they both
appeared was The Banquet (1991). However, Leslie was a guest at Simon and Qi Qi's
wedding in 1997. Two years later, Qi Qi co-starred with Leslie in Jacob Cheung's
touching family drama The Kid. In 2000, she appeared in Leslie's directorial debut,
From Ashes To Ashes. Watching his films in the dawn of his death, it's impossible
to imagine this gifted performer is no longer with us.
The loss of an artist like Cheung is hard to absorb. His work touched millions of lives
for over a quarter century. Leslie Cheung was beautiful, fragile, funny, human..
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