In this Tuesday, Sept, 28, 2010 photo, Hong Kong movie producer Run Run Shaw, right, poses with Hong Kong Chief Executive Donald Tsang during the Run Run Shaw prize presentation ceremony in Hong Kong. Pioneering Hong Kong movie producer Run Run Shaw has died at the age of 107. No cause of death was given in a statement from Television Broadcasts Limited (TVB), which Shaw helped found in 1967. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
HONG KONG (AP) — Pioneering Hong Kong movie producer Run Run Shaw, whose studio popularized the kung fu genre that influenced Quentin Tarantino and other Hollywood directors, died 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 Shaw Brothers Studios, once among the world’s largest, helped launch the careers of powerhouses including director John Woo and churned out nearly 1,000 movies. His television empire helped actors including Chow Yun-fat rise to fame. He also produced a handful of U.S. films, including the 1982 sci-fi classic “Blade Runner.”
Other stars rose to fame through Shaw’s television station TVB, which remains a dominant force in Hong Kong. Wong Kar-wai, the director behind critically acclaimed art-house movies like “Chungking Express” and “In the Mood for Love,” got his start through a TVB training course and worked at the station briefly as a production assistant.
Ironically, one actor who slipped through Shaw’s grasp, Bruce Lee, went on to become the world’s biggest kung fu star.
Shaw produced a handful of U.S. films, including “Blade Runner” and 1979 disaster thriller “Meteor.” He led Hong Kong’s Television Broadcasts Login to read more