Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Run Run Shaw Nov. 23, 1907 - Jan. 7, 2014 Movie Mogul Seen as Colorful Creator of Kung Fu Genre

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Run Run Shaw Nov. 23, 1907 - Jan. 7, 2014 Movie Mogul Seen as Colorful Creator of Kung Fu Genre

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Run Run Shaw, the colorful Hong Kong media mogul whose name was synonymous with low-budget Chinese action and horror films -- and especially with the wildly successful kung fu genre, which he is largely credited with inventing -- died Jan. 7 at his home in Hong Kong. He was 106 years old.

His company, Television Broadcasts Ltd., announced his death in a statement.

Born in China, Mr. Shaw and his older brother, Run Me, were movie pioneers in Asia, producing and sometimes directing films and owning lucrative cinema chains. His companies are believed to have released more than 800 films worldwide.

After his brother's death in 1985, Mr. Shaw expanded his interest in television and became a publishing and real estate magnate as well. For his philanthropy, much of it going to educational and medical causes, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II and showered with public expressions of gratitude by the Communist authorities in Beijing.

Mr. Shaw enjoyed the zany glamour of the Asian media world he helped create. He presided over his companies from a garish Art Deco palace in Hong Kong, a cross between a Hollywood mansion and a Hans Christian Andersen cookie castle. Well into his 90s, he attended social gatherings with a movie actress on each arm. And he liked to be photographed in a tai chi exercise pose, wearing the black gown of a traditional mandarin.

Asked what his favorite films were, Mr. Shaw, a billionaire, once replied, "I particularly like movies that make money."

Run Run Shaw was born Shao Yifu in Ningbo, Zhejiang province, in 1907. As a child, he moved to Shanghai, where his father ran a profitable textile business. According to some Hong Kong press accounts, Run Run and Run Me were English-sounding nicknames the father gave his sons as part of a family joke that played on the similarity of the family name to the word rickshaw.

In Hong Kong, Run Run Shaw created Shaw Movietown, a complex of studios and residential towers where his actors worked and lived. …

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