Wednesday, January 8, 2014

RIP Sir Run Run Shaw

The Enigma Society mourns the passing of Sir Run Run Shaw, one of the founders of the Hong Kong based movie studios The Shaw Brothers. Their studio produced over 1000 films, including some of the most iconic martial arts movies of all time including The One Armed Swordsman, The Five Fingers of Death and the 36th Chamber of Shaolin.  Jonny Prophet and I are big fans of Shaw Brothers movies; between us we own many of their films... I alone have 10.

Sir Run Run Shaw lived to the impressive age of 107. Even more impressive, he worked until age 104, when he finally stepped down as chairman of Television Broadcasts Limited. Not only was he one of Asian cinema's great film producers, but he was also a philanthropist. He created the Shaw Prize, an Asian equivalent of the Nobel Prize. In 1974, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.

He lived an amazing life and his legacy will never be forgotten.

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