The legendary Hong Kong producer who popularized martial arts (and oversaw Bruce Lee’s films) as well as many others at his amazing Shaw Brothers studio has died at 106 (likely the longest life ever lived by a film industry figure).
I had the chance to visit the studio in a beautiful isolated section of the then New Territories of Hong Kong in the early 1980s. I felt like I had been swept back to Hollywood of the 1930s – it was a protypical movie factory.
His age is being given in some places as 107, but that’s because (I believe) that the Chinese custom is to date ages from birth – that is, one is 1 as soon as born, 2 on the first anniversary of birth and so on.
Figure him to be on the ever expanding Oscar memorium.
He made Asian cinema
Correct, Sir Run Run Shaw was 107 years old in chinese calendar, next month( after the lunar new year) he would be 108. I didn’t know his name in English was Run Run until today. We call him Uncle Six. His kingdom has influenced on generations, 60’s and 70’s grew up watching Shaw Brothers movies; 80’s and 90’s grew up watching TVB shows.
So its now Manoel De Oliveira that holds the title
I remember his name over the title of one of my oldest guilty pleasure movies: Meteor.
As a Hong Konger, I could truly feel his influence over the film industry over the years as well as the grief that was unspoken but felt everywhere today. He was a great producer, but more importantly, a great man, and is a tragic loss to HK.
Happy to see a thread for him on GoldDerby.