Run Run Shaw Will Never be Forgotten

On January 07, 2014, Run Run Shaw died at the age of 107. Run Run Shaw was a media tycoon in Hong Kong. He was a movie producer that popularized Kung Fu genre. He and his brother Runme Shaw founded the Shaw Brothers Studios which made 1,000 movies.

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The movie industry here in Singapore will never forget him because he and his brother also established the Shaw Organization. The Shaw Organization played a vital role in setting the film industry of Singapore. In 1923, Shaw went to Singapore to market films. His studio was located at Jalan Ampas. During his stay here in Singapore, he ushered about two hundred Malay films.

In 1950, Shaw moved to Hong Kong and settled there for good. He brought his dream to modernize his company. The original intent of the company was to exhibit films but he decided to produce films. His dominance to the movie industry here in Asia spurred when he established his Movie Town. At that time, Movie Town was enormous equipped with state of the art technologies. In fact, Movie Town was considered one of the most productive studios not only in Hong Kong but around the world.

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In 1983, the production of films stopped. Shaw did not see this as an impediment. He immediately shifted to administering a TV station. He controlled the TVB (). His TV station fostered actors like Chow Yun-fat, Stephen Chow and Andy Lau. In 2011, he retired as the Chairman of the TVB.

Shaw was known to be a humble man. He preferred to avoid the limelight. He rarely gave interviews and boasts about his philanthropy missions. Because of his commitments, he was knighted by the Queen of England in 1974.  He also established the Shaw Prizes which will give prices (of us$1 million every year) to people with outstanding contributions in Astronomy, Mathematics and Medicine.

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