Hong Kong actor Jason Wong was brutally attacked while having dinner with other local celebrities on Aug. 29 at the restaurant of retired actor Frankie Ng in Shenzhen, China.
Wong, 44, was dining with Ng, as well as actors Ai Wai and Jason Chu, when an assailant charged at him and started stabbing him with a kitchen knife.
“[He] was holding a kitchen knife and slashed my face. He then went on to slash my left hand and waist too,” the 2012 Mr. Asia second runner-up was quoted as saying.
Wong, who made his acting debut in the 2013 film “The White Storm,” believes the incident was a case of mistaken identity. He noted how the attacker realized he had the wrong person soon after the stabbing.
“I have acted in an upright manner, and I do not feel that I have offended others,” Wong wrote in a statement on Weibo. “I thought a lot but I really can’t think of a reason for the attack, and I think the attack was an ‘unexpected disaster’.”
After the attack, the actor was rushed to the hospital. He was unable to speak for five days.
Wong later revealed that he endured nearly six hours of surgery after sustaining multiple injuries to his face, left wrist and waist.
He shared that he saw the skin of his own face “fall off,” and that his “eyeballs were nearly chopped off” in the attack. The injuries were so severe that his face and hands required over 100 stitches.
The doctor who treated Wong told him that he narrowly avoided death by not getting slashed on the neck.
“If the location of my facial injury was slightly off, it would have been enough to kill me in a short time,” Wong said.
Wong’s projects have since been suspended, and he is now seeing a psychologist as the attack left the actor traumatized. He lamented that he finds it difficult to look into the mirror or sleep out of fear of reliving the moment.
Wong, who has previously been dubbed “Louis Koo’s doppelganger” for his uncanny resemblance to the popular actor, told Sina.com that Koo gave him HK$50,000 (approximately $6,369.50) after the attack.
“I am very thankful to Koo. He encouraged me and asked me to concentrate on getting well,” Wong added. “He also said he would keep track of my situation and would assist me.”