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.

Variety

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