Yam was stabbed while appearing on stage for a promotional event in southern Guangdong province’s Zhongshan city.
An unknown assailant stabbed Hong Kong actor Simon Yam on Saturday during a promotional event in mainland China but Yam’s injuries were not life-threatening, Chinese state media reported.
A video was posted on China’s Twitter-like Weibo service showing a man in a dark vest rushing up to the stage and attacking Yam with a knife in the city of Zhongshan in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong.
The China Youth Daily newspaper said on its website that the 64-year old Yam had been taken to hospital for treatment but the injuries to his hands and abdomen were not life-threatening.
Citing a police statement, it said the attacker had not yet been identified, but that Yam appeared to have been a victim of mistaken identity.
Yam won critical acclaim for his role in the Hong Kong crime film Contact in 1992 and made his Hollywood debut in Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life in 2003. He is also a film producer.
The 64-year-old Hong Kong actor was a guest at the opening of a new Beijing Easyhome store in the city. He was standing on the stage waiting for the bosses of the company to come up for receiving his gift until an unknown assailant walked up to the stage and stabbed him.
His management company, Emperor Entertainment Group, said earlier that Yam had undergone surgery in a Zhongshan hospital and was recovering.
“The knife wound to his abdominal area caused minor damage to his internal organs which has been repaired,” it said. “The injuries to his right hand have also been treated. He is resting and in a stable condition.”