Simon Yam is ready for his extreme close-up, Mr. deMille!
As a ScreenAnarchy-O-Meter, this post will remain up on top of the page for one day (or, being a "Mr. deMille" article, until it gets guessed). There might be newer posts below this, so don't forget to take a look!
It took me a while to warm towards Simon Yam because he always seemed to be playing the same character and his face was distinctive enough to say: "Ah, him again".
But a string of knock-out roles changed that completely, most of all the truly excellent work he did in both "Election" movies.
Whether he plays a meek businessman or a ruthless Triad leader, a smooth player or an awkward policeman, Simon Yam always brings intelligence to the table. It's hard to think of him playing a character that is totally dumb.
Also, I have to think really hard to recall a recent Johnnie To movie without Yam in it, and well... Johnnie To can't be wrong, now can he? Not in his current streak!
So once again I'm going to use a turn in the ScreenAnarchy-O-Meter to do a gallery of 5 close-ups of one of my favorite thespians. Guess which 5 movies they're from.
No competition, no prizes, just for fun, try to see how far you get without using IMDB.
And I'll post the answers on Tuesday (earlier if someone has all 5 of them right). Oh, and the picture on the top-left is from "Exiled" and doesn't count.