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Cover Story WINE.LUXE Cover People | 2017  Nov - Dec 

 

The Key of Success - Simon Yam

成功關鍵 : 任達華

Simon Yam Tat Wah can surely be considered as a paragon of manliness! An experienced film and entertainment business veteran with decades of experience, Simon is still full of charm and vitality, having a successful career and happy family life, as well as numerous properties. There are very few people who can be on a par with Simon in career achievements, happiness and elegance. What is the key to his success? Simon simply responded, “It is simple. You can always make headway by keeping love alive.”

With an attitude of love

In fact, the early life of Simon, a winner of best actor awards, was not an easy one. He lived with his family in a house of less than 200 square feet since childhood. After acting in numerous TV dramas and movies over years, Simon finally become one of the top actors in HK and also being able to afford to purchase his own properties. Simon does not consider these experiences as great challenges, and he also believes that happiness lies in contentment, “During my early life, I did face hardships for a long time. Nevertheless, there were also pleasant experiences that helped me overcome obstacles. In my childhood, I lived in a small house with my family. However, we had very close and strong family ties,. Despite the prolonged shooting time of a TV program, I could still devote myself to the performance as I recognize the merits of my role and the conscientiousness of the crew members. In fact, whenever I meet anyone or do anything, I always learn how to embrace everything with an attitude of love, which is so-called “L.Q”. L.Q helps us to create a life full of positive thoughts and wisdom. Over the years, I have made continuous headways by following this simple principle. Despite the importance of I.Q and E.Q, L.Q should not be neglected either.” Simon has delivered countless dazzling performances while having a broad circle of friends. It is believed to be the result of his endless devotion to love and enthusiasm. Therefore, it is not difficult to imagine why he is so successful!

Red wine is inseparable from my life

 

Simon’s acting career does not only contribute to his remarkable achievements and companionship with countless friends, but also his interests in photography and wine tasting. Simon said that as he met some notable wine lovers including Peter Lam, Johnnie To and Ringo Lam, it is easy to fall in love with the charm of wine (mainly red wine), “At the time of companionship with friends and colleagues, the atmosphere comes first. And wine can definitely invoke such a pleasant social atmosphere. Indeed, the taste of each bottle of wine is unique. It can be either very strong or subtble, showing different characters. Therefore, the diversity of food can hardly be compared with wine. In addition, given my simple and light diet, wine can enliven my meals. Moreover, wine is good for blood circulation, so it becomes an inseparable part of my life.”

Experience the locals' love for wine

 

A few years ago, Simon participated in the filming of a French movie “Games of Clouds and Rain in Bordeaux, where he experienced the rich wine-tasting culture in France, “I have always been a lover of French wines. During the two months filming period, I tasted sixty different types of French wines in two months, and most of them were fairly inexpensive. French people really drink every day as if they are only drinking water. As such, wine is not a luxury good for them. However, they know how to pair delicacies with different wines, which demonstrates their attitudes toward enjoying a quality life. Each type of wine offers a distinctive feeling. Those priced at around ten euros may already be excellent in quality. Therefore, fine wines may not necessarily be high-end and expensive.”

Favorite taste

 

Apart from inexpensive prices, Simon is mainly attracted to the elegant French style, “I necessarily put much efforts on distinguishing whether the wine comes from Bordeaux or Burgundy. As the palate of French wines are supple, while their fruitiness and mineral flavor would progressively trigger the sense of taste, so you would gradually become a friend of French wines. Even though some red wines are full-bodied and dry, they do not create discomfort in throat. Therefore, I like tasting French wines the most.” The wine lover is also fond of tasting wines from New World wine countries, “Chilean wines are both good and inexpensive. My wife and I like the fruitiness of Chilean wines very much. However, I love South Australian red wine even more, because they are rich and masculine in taste. Shiraz, which carries some spicy flavors and acrid tastes, is a perfect match for Wagyu. Even though wines from South Australia are both rich and fruity, they are not as acrid as California wines.”

Outro

Simon has just finished starring in an upcoming Chinese New Year’s film “Mother-in-law vs Son-in-law” with Carina Lau. He made hurried business journeys to Thailand and Mainland China soon after that. Even so, Simon was still energetic on our shooting day. Not only fully engaging in the interview, Simon also had a nice talk with all crew members and shared his intention to purchase a winery in the future. His kindness and positive thinking are indeed worth learning.

任達華(華哥)絕對可以稱得上男人的典範!從橫電影與演藝圈多年,如今依舊外型充滿魅力和活力、事業家庭美滿,同時投資有道,於世界各地均擁有不少物業。要做到像華哥般那麼成功、幸福和優雅的人可謂寥寥無幾。對華哥而言有甚麼成功關鍵,他簡單回應:「好簡單,保持一種愛就不斷令你進步。」

 

抱著愛的態度  

 

事實上這位影帝的人生起點不算美滿,從小與家人住百多呎房屋,入行拍劇/電影努力多年成為當紅演員,可是對華哥來說卻不算甚麼難事,他反而明白知足常樂的重要。他說:「以前的確捱過一段長時間,不過當中亦有開心的事情讓我忽略任何阻礙。小時侯與家人共住狹小的空間,但當中的親情很濃厚團結。當時拍攝電視的工作時間極長,但體會角色的優點及工作人員的認真態度讓我投入演出。其實對待任何人,做任何事都好,我都會學習抱著愛的態度,這叫做L.Q(情商),有助人生充滿正面思想和智慧。多年來這個簡單道理令我不斷進步。I.Q同E.Q固然重然,L.Q都不包忽視」。華哥多年來擁有不少精湛的作品,而且人緣廣闊,相信是他投入無盡的愛和熱情所得來的成果,亦不難理解他的成功之道吧!

紅酒離不開我生活

 

演藝事業為華哥帶來成就和真摯的友情,更培養出攝影和品酒的個人興趣。

 

他表示因為認識林建岳、杜琪峯和林領東這些愛酒之人,耳濡目染之下就愛上了葡萄酒(主要紅酒)的魅力:「與朋友和同事相處,氣氛勝於一切,葡萄酒絕對可以燃起這個愉快氣氛。其實紅酒的味道很獨特,可以很剛強,亦可以很柔和,有不同個性與層次,其它食物絕對沒有它那樣多元化。另外我個人飲食偏向清淡,葡萄酒可以為我簡單的餐飲習慣增添樂趣,而且還對血液循環好,所以已然成為我生活的一部分了。」

體會當地人對葡萄酒的熱愛

 

數年前華哥到波爾多拍攝法國電影《雲雨》,感受當地濃厚葡萄酒文化:「自己一直都喜歡飲法國酒,當時拍攝兩個月一共飲了六十款不同的法國酒,而且大部分都不是很貴。法國人真的每天都飲酒,誇張得像飲水一樣,對他們來說酒不算是奢侈品。不過他們會懂得怎樣以紅酒配對美食,貫徹享受生命態度。每款酒感覺都不同,價錢大約十歐元已經品質很好,所以好酒不一定要飲頂級而昂貴的款式。」

喜歡的口味

 

除了價錢相宜,優雅的法式風格是吸引華哥的主要原因:「不論是來自波爾多或是布爾岡的酒款我都喜愛,因為法國酒入口柔和,但它的果味、礦物味會慢慢展現在味覺上,讓你慢慢與他成為好友。即使有些酒體厚實,帶辛口的紅酒都帶優雅的感覺,所以我最喜歡選法國酒來品嚐。」這位品味愛好者也愛品嚐新世界的酒款:「智利酒其實都價廉物美,我和太太很喜歡它豐富果味。但個人更喜歡來自南澳的紅酒,因為味道很濃郁很有男人味。帶有香料和辛辣味道的Shiraz配合和牛確實完美。南澳酒雖然強壯同時果味重,卻不像加州酒那般刺激。我日常和朋友飲酒主要是選擇來自法國和南澳的,其次是智利。」

後記

 

華哥早前才與劉嘉玲拍完賀歲片《我的情敵女婿》,然後馬不停蹄到泰國和內地工作。不過到拍攝當日依然精神奕奕,很投入訪問之餘更與所有工作人員暢談日常,更分享日後有意到國外購買酒莊。華哥的友善態度和正面思想真得值得讓人學習。

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