Tuesday, 07 January 2014 15:15

Hong Kong media mogul Run Run Shaw dies aged 107

The founder of Shaw Brothers and TVB passed away peacefully at home this morning

Run Run Shaw

Run Run Shaw, founder of Shaw Brothers and TVB, passed away at 6.55am this morning, after he was found unconscious in his Clear Water Bay (Hong Kong) home. He was 107.

Shaw was the pioneer of movie production in Hong Kong, and one of the most influential figures in Asia’s entertainment industry. In 1967, Shaw co-founded TVB where numerous actors and directors, including Chow Yun-fatt and Wong Kar-wai, rose to fame over the years.

His Shaw Brothers Studios (original name) produced nearly 1000 movies as it popularised the kungfu genre that influenced various Hollywood directors, such as Quentin Tarantino. The company also helped launch the careers of acclaimed filmmakers such as John Woo.

Shaw retired as chairman of TVB in December 2011.

The well-respected man was also known to be a philanthropist, donating billions of dollars to build educational and medical facilities in Hong Kong and China. Several schools and hospitals in various Chinese cities are also named after Shaw.

In a statement released by TVB this morning, the company expressed their deepest condolences to Shaw’s wife, Mona Fong, and his family. Shaw’s funeral will only be attended by family members, while a memorial service will be held at a later date.

Run Run Shaw

Past photo of actress Liza Wang (left) and Carol Cheng (right) with Run Run Shaw.

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