In memoriam: film producer Sir Run Run Shaw

News Ryan Lambie 7 Jan 2014 - 07:25

The producer of countless martial arts classics and Ridley Scott's Blade Runner has died at the age of 106.

One of the key figures in the Chinese film industry, Sir Run Run Shaw, has sadly passed away. Over the course of an extraordinary career, the producer, via his company The Shaw Brothers, was responsible for the creation of dozens of hit films, most famously in the martial arts genre.

At the peak of its output in the 60s and 70s, Shaw Brothers were putting out more than 12 movies a year, and some of them are true classics - The One-Armed Swordsman, to name but one, was a key film in the wuxia genre, and was one of the movies that inspired Quentin Tarantino to make Kill Bill.

In 1974, The Shaw Brothers even collaborated with Hammer Studios in one of the most unusual genre films of the 70s, The Legend Of The Seven Golden Vampires, a kung fu film set in Transylvania and starring Peter Cushing as Van Helsing.

Following the studio's decline in the 80s, Shaw began to produce films overseas, including Ridley Scott's seminal 1982 film, Blade Runner.

Having also established Hong Kong's biggest local TV station, TVB, and become greatly respected for his charity work, Shaw's impact as an industry figure cannot be underestimated.

Shaw is said to have died peacefully in his sleep in his Hong Kong home at the age of 106.

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The Legend Of The Seven Golden Vampires is pretty silly but entertaining film. I feel it's one of those movies that should be remade with Ian McKellen as Van Helsing and Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Dracula (I've not enjoyed the show that much but Meyers is perfect as Dracula) and Hsi Ching played by Byung-hun Lee. (I really thought he was great in GI Joe Relaliation)

Sad news this, an absolute legend in the truest sense of the word. Still, 106, we should all be so lucky. Never knew he had a hand in Blade Runner.

huge fan of shaw brothers productions, one armed swordsman and 36th chamber of shaolin starring Gordon Lau being a couple of my faves, (you'll find a lot of these films on youtube) you should definitely do a piece on their career and output, I seem to remember a story about them spending nearly the entire budget of one armed swordsman on building the ornamental bridge for the brutal finale.

Really sad news.

The name "Run Run Shaw" has been imprinted into my mind from all the countless viewing of "Blade Runner".

106 is not a bad innings by and stretch, unless you're batting for England!
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Sorry I mentioned sport didn't I.

Return to the 36th Chamber was awesome a must see :)

An amazing legacy has been left behind by this man, and I am sad to find out he's just passed. Five Deadly Venoms was tons of fun, and I can't wait to see more great films from the Shaw Brothers heyday. Rest In Peace Run Run Shaw.

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