Hong Kong’s kung-fu movie mogul dies at 107

During its 1960s-70s heyday, Run Run Shaw’s studios produced 40 films each year, popularising martial-arts movies.

Sir Run Run Shaw, who helped turn Hong Kong into the Hollywood of the East and brought kung-fu films to Western audiences, has died at the age of 107.

In its 1960s-70s heyday, the Shaw Brothers prolific studios in the former British colony helped bring martial-arts movies to the world, churning out 40 films each year. It was reported that 1.5 million people a week flocked to see the films, mainly in Southeast Asia.

Al Jazeera’s Bernard Smith looks back on Shaw’s career.

Source: Al Jazeera

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