Run Run Shaw, movie mogul seen as creator of kung fu genre, dies at 106

Run Run Shaw’s studio was considered Hong Kong’s own Hollywood.
Run Run Shaw’s studio was considered Hong Kong’s own Hollywood.2006 file/Reuters

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NEW YORK — 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 Tuesday at his home in Hong Kong. He was 106 years old.

His company, Television Broadcasts Ltd., announced his death.

Born in China, Mr. Shaw and his older brother, Run Me, were movie pioneers in Asia, producing and sometimes directing films and owning 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.

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