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  • 7 January 2014, 15:04

Run Run Shaw: Kung Fu Pioneer Dies Aged 106

Movie producer Run Run Shaw, who popularised Chinese kung fu films in the West, has died at the age of 106.

The billionaire film pioneer passed away at his home in Hong Kong.

His flagship Shaw Brothers Studio helped shape Asian cinema in the 20th century and influenced the films of directors such as Quentin Tarantino.

He also co-produced Ridley Scott's 1982 cult hit Blade Runner starring Harrison Ford.

In 1961 he opened Movie Town, a vast, state-of-the-art studio in Hong Kong's rural Clearwater Bay.

At its busiest, actors and directors churned out 40 movies a year, most of them featuring kung fu or sword fighting.

The studio has since produced around 1,000 titles, including The 36th Chamber Of Shaolin and Five Fingers Of Death.

In 1967 Mr Shaw helped found Hong Kong broadcaster TVB and served as its executive chairman until 2011.

Listed by Forbes as a billionaire, he was also a generous philanthropist, and received a knighthood from the Queen in 1977.

Hong Kong's chief executive Leung Chun-ying, has paid tribute: "Sir Run Run Shaw has for a long time promoted the entertainment industry in Hong Kong, his philanthropy also has spread from Hong Kong to China and beyond.

"He is an elder that we very much respect."

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