Sir Run Run Shaw passed away on January 7, 2014, at the age of 106. He was a filmmaker, entrepreneur and a philanthropist. He founded the Shaw Brothers Studio in 1957. The Shaw Brothers Studio became one of Hong Kong's most prolific movie studios to ever grace Asian cinema. Anyone who is a fan of Kung Fu Cinema, owe a debt of gratitude to Sir Run Run Shaw.
The folks behind the New York Asian Film Festival are certainly kowtowing. It was announced today the 2014 New York Asian Film Festival will feature a line up of films as a tribute to the late Sir Run Run Shaw.
From the official New York Asian Film Festival press release:.
SIR RUN RUN SHAW TRIBUTE
The legendary media mogul Sir Run Run Shaw (1907-2014) will forever be remembered for his instrumental role in revolutionizing the Chinese film industry by co-founding the famous Shaw Brothers (HK) Ltd in 1958, building Asia’s largest film studio in Clearwater Bay (completed in 1964), and along with Raymond Chow, creating a mass production system with in-house talent—including directors Li Han-hsiang, King Hu, Chang Cheh, Lau Kar-leung, Chor Yuen, Kuei Chih-hung, and stars like Jimmy Wang Yu (Jimmy Wong), Gordon Liu, and Ti Lung. While the studio delivered more than 1,000 films over the years, in a wide range of genres, it was best known internationally for its martial-arts cinema. Our tribute will include the following films: The One-Armed Swordsman (1967), The Chinese Boxer (1970), The Delinquent (1974), The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires (1974), Killers on Wheels (1976), Killer Constable (1980), and Seeding of a Ghost (1983).
Presented with the support of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office New York and Celestial Pictures.
The 2014 New York Asian Festival runs from June 27 – July 14, 2014.