Shaw passed away on January 7, 2014 at the age of 106 years old. For those that don’t know, he was a highly influential figure in the Asian entertainment industry as a Hong Kong movie mogul. He was also a generous philanthropist.
In 1958, he established Shaw Brothers studios to mimic Hollywood’s setup of permanent productions sites. His studio has won Grand Prix at Cannes, broken box office records, and has made more than 1000 films. He also popularized the Kung Fu movie genre. A list of some of his films include: Blade Runner, The 36th Chamber of Shaolin, Five Deadly Vemons, Man of Iron, and The Lady General.
He also showed his generosity by donating large sums of money to Hong Kong hospitals, colleges, and orphanages. He helped found the Run Run Shaw Institute of Chinese Affairs at Oxford University and established the Shaw Prize for research in Astronomy, Mathematics, and Medicine. He was knighted in 1977 and helped bail Macy’s out of bankruptcy in 1991.
He was a man that did a lot for film, Asian entertainment, and humanity. He will be sorely missed.
Everyone should watch one of his films in his honor this week: