Chinese Kung Fu film pioneer Run Run Shaw dies, aged 107
The Shaw Brothers Studios he founded produced almost 1,000 films and is largely credited for bringing the martial arts genre to a commercial audience
Hong Kong film pioneer Run Run Shaw, the man who helped bring kung fu movies to the mainstream, has died, aged 107.
Shaw founded the Shaw Brothers Studios in 1967 and remained its chairman until 2011. The studios produced almost 1,000 films and is largely credited for bringing the martial arts genre to a commercial audience.
“Sir Run Run Shaw has for a long time promoted the entertainment industry in Hong Kong, his philanthropy also has spread from Hong Kong to China and beyond,” Hong Kong Chief Executive CY Leung said.
He went on to describe Shaw as “an elder that we very much respect”.
Shaw will no doubt be remembered for launching the careers of stars Chow Yun-fat and Maggie Cheung, among others, as well as inspiring the likes of big-name directors such as Quentin Tarantino.
He was originally born in Shanghai, and worked with his brothers to open cinemas across Singapore and Malaysia.
He moved to Hong Kong in the 1950s where he founded his own production company. He later launched the Movie Town studio, where he produced scores of films a year, including 1962 drama The Magnificent Concubine and the 1967 movie One-Armed Swordsman, the latter of which broke Hong Kong box office records.
In 1974, he was honoured by the Queen for his services to film.
Shaw soon moved into co-production on a number of American blockbusters, including US Sci-Fi classic, Blade Runner.
Later in his career, he changed tact and focused his attention on television, building up the TVB network to become Hong Kong’s biggest Chinese language broadcasters.
He was also a philanthropist and the founder of the Shaw Prizes, which honour stand-out individuals in Asia for their achievements in the sciences.
- 1 Which country would be hardest to invade?
- 2 The man who filmed the Freddie Gray video has been arrested at gunpoint
- 3 Royal baby girl born: Duchess of Cambridge's second child will be a princess thanks to Queen
- 5 Teen suffers embarrassing wardrobe malfunction in front of deputy PM
Which country would be hardest to invade?
The Rothschild Libel: Why has it taken 200 years for an anti-Semitic slur that emerged from the Battle of Waterloo to be dismissed?
The man who filmed the Freddie Gray video has been arrested at gunpoint
UK weather: Severe weather warning for snow and torrential rain over bank holiday weekend
Royal baby girl born: Duchess of Cambridge's second child will be a princess thanks to Queen
Over 50,000 families shipped out of London boroughs in the past three years due to welfare cuts and soaring rents
EU asylum policy is 'a direct threat to our civilisation', says Nigel Farage
Indonesia executions live: 'Hysterical' families heard prisoners being shot dead by firing squad
General Election 2015: SNP and its activists 'openly racist' towards the English, Farage says
EU exit would hit UK economy much harder than neighbouring countries, study finds
General Election 2015: UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power, Labour warns
£36000 - £45000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity...
£50000 per annum: Ashdown Group: HR Manager Shared Services - Uxbridge, Stock...
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity to join one of...
£18000 - £20000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: HR Assistant (Events busi...