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News: Run Run Shaw has died

posted Jan 6, 2014, 8:45 PM by Vu Nguyen
News: Run Run Shaw has died

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Associated Press is reporting that Run Run Shaw has passed away at the age of 106 (the report lists 107, but he was born on November 23rd, 1907).

HK Movie Mogul Run Run Shaw Has Died at Age 107
January 7, 2014 by KELVIN CHAN Associated Press

Pioneering Hong Kong movie producer Run Run Shaw, whose studio popularized the kung fu genre that influenced Quentin Tarantino and other Hollywood directors, died on Tuesday.

He was 107.

No cause of death was given in a statement from Television Broadcasts Limited (TVB), which Shaw helped found in 1967.


His path to Asian moviemaking dominance began in earnest in 1961 when he opened Movie Town, a vast, state-of-the-art studio in Hong Kong's rural Clearwater Bay. With 1,500 staff working on 10 soundstages, Movie Town was reputed to be the most productive studio in the world. At its busiest, actors and directors churned out 40 movies a year, most of them featuring kung fu, sword fighting or Asian gangsters known as triads.

I love those classic kung fu movies, I own about fifty titles on DVD and a few on Bluray (see a photo below with my cat).

Unfortunately this type of movie genre is not very popular in America, so only some titles are available in Region 1. As a collector and fan, I had to import a ton of titles (mostly anything director Chang Cheh or Venoms-related). If you are new to the genre, I suggest reading my Venoms guide.

Vu and his cat's Shaw Brothers collection