Hong Kong actor Simon Yam was stabbed in the abdomen on Saturday (July 20) during a promotional event in the southern Chinese city of Zhongshan, local news outlets reported.
Yam, 64, was speaking on stage as a guest at the event when a man suddenly charged towards him, according to videos of the incident circulating online.
From clips uploaded shortly after the incident, the man can be seen taking a weapon out of his pocket before aiming it towards Yam.
He then lashes out at Yam repeatedly as the actor frantically tries to move away while clutching his abdomen.
A photo shared online shows the attacker being subdued by security officers.
According to the Sina Entertainment portal, a spokesman for the actor said that he remained conscious after the incident. He was taken to hospital and his wound has also been treated.
Famous Hong Kong actor Simon Yam Tat-wah is recovering in hospital after undergoing surgery for wounds sustained during a knife attack on Saturday morning while he was attending a promotional event in southern China.
The 64-year-old was a guest at the opening of a new Beijing Easyhome store in the city of Zhongshan, Guangdong province, when an assailant rushed at him wielding a knife.
Zhongshan police on Saturday evening identified the suspect as a 53-year-old local resident surnamed Chen, who they said had been diagnosed with schizophrenia. He was detained at the scene. A fruit knife was used in the attack, which left Yam with a 2cm-wide, 3cm-deep gash to his abdomen and an injured hand, the statement said.
His management company, Emperor Entertainment Group, said earlier that Yam had undergone surgery 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.”
“The surgery was successful. We are waiting for the doctors to say when he is stable enough to return to Hong Kong,” Mo said.
According to an earlier police statement, Yam was stabbed by a man at 10.17am on Saturday while attending a promotional event in the Huoju district of Zhongshan.
In video footage posted on Weibo, China’s Twitter-like platform, the actor is seen speaking to the hosts of the event and handing out gifts to various guests as they are called to the stage.
But as Yam holds out his hand to greet a man dressed in a dark vest and jeans, the attacker pulls out a knife and lunges at him, stabbing and slashing repeatedly at the actor.
The attack continues for several seconds as security guards and bystanders rush to intervene. After a scuffle, the man is subdued and led away.