Very sad news to report for HK cinema lovers, Run Run Shaw, co-founder of Shaw Bros. Studios has passed away at the age of 106, Hong Kong media reports. Founded in its first form in 1924, the fabled studio with the blue clam design would go on to produce over 1000 feature films and tens of 1000s of hours of programming through their television wing at TVB. Honored by the British Empire, Shaw would receive a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II in 1977 and establish the Shaw Prize, for achievements in research which has since come to be known as the Nobel Prize equivalent in Asia.
While his contributions as a philanthropist and businessman are great, his and his brothers’ establishing of Shaw Bros. Studios is perhaps what he will be remembered best for. Though Shaw is no longer with us, his legacy and foresight have helped to spread Chinese cinema far beyond its borders and helped create legions of fans worldwide. So watch a Shaw film in tribute to the man, Rest in Peace Sir Run Run Shaw.