The godfather of kung fu movies has passed. Sir Run Run Shaw, one of the pioneers of the Chinese film industry, co-founder of the Shaw Brothers film studio, passed away yesterday. He was 106. He had been involved in the film industry from the age of 19 and had a considerable impact on both Malaysian and Singaporean cinema.
A little known fact. Sir Run Run Shaw was one of the producers of Ridley Scott’s 1982 sci-fi cult classic, Blade Runner. He stepped in (along with The Ladd Company (through Warner Bros.) and Tandem Productions) to finance the film after early financier Filmways pulled their backing.