Monday, January 6, 2014

RIP Run Run Shaw

RIP Movie Mogul Run Run Shaw

The billionaire media mogul and co-founder of Shaw Studios, which produced hundreds of influential martial arts pics along with the 1982 sci-fi classic Blade Runner, died early Tuesday, January 7, 2014, local time in Hong Kong, Chinese media reports. Run Run Shaw was 106. He started the Shaw Organization with brother Runme in 1926, and it evolved into one of the biggest producers of Asian features and television shows and helped to launch career of director John Woo. Born in Ningbo, China on Noember 23, 1907, his name is synonymous with Hong Kong Cinema and TV. During his 44-years at the helm (he retired in 2011), his Shaw Studios produced thousands of television programs and films. He also was a philanthropist and helped start many schools. Much of Hong Kong’s culture can be attributed to Shaw and his Studios. Starting in the early 1950s and peaking during the 1970s and 1980s, Shaw Brothers Studios made such popular and influential martial arts films as "The One-Armed Swordsman" — directed by Shaw Brothers regular Chang Cheh, the first Hong Kong movie to gross HK$1 million — and its sequels; "The 36 Chambers of Shaolin" and "Eight Diagram Pole Fighter", both directed by Lau Kar-leung and starring Gordon Liu; "Come Drink With Me" with Cheng Pei Pei, one of Shaw Brothers’ most popular female stars; the cult classic "Five Deadly Venoms", "The Flying Guillotine" and "Five Fingers Of Death". Shaw produced only one Euro-western "The Stanger and the Gunfighter" (1974) with Lee Van Cleef and Lo Lieh.

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