Dearly missed : Shaw’s television empire helped actors, including Chow Yun-fat and Stephen Chow, rise to international fame.
PETALING JAYA: The international movie world fondly remembers the legacy of legendary Hong Kong movie producer Run Run Shaw, who passed away at 107.
Tan Sri L. Krishnan, who was brought in by Shaw to work in Malay Film Productions in 1949, recalled him as the “best boss ever”.
“He was laid back but he was also (very) meticulous in his work. As a producer, he was always there to guide us through the process,” said Krishnan, dubbed the father of the Malay film industry for having written, produced and directed screenplays for over 30 Malay films.
Krishnan, 92, said he also remembered Shaw as having a weak stomach.
“When we got together, he had different food (than mine) as he couldn’t eat anything spicy.”
Shaw Brothers Studios, which popularised the kung fu genre that later influenced Quentin Tarantino and other Hollywood directors, was once among the world’s largest.
Shaw launched the careers of big time directors, including John Woo, and churned out nearly 1,000 movies as well as produced a handful of American films, notably the 1982 sci-fi classic Blade Runner.
His television empire helped actors, including Chow Yun-fat and Stephen Chow, rise to international fame.
Shaw also helped kickstart the Malay film industry after he and his brother Runme built their first film studio in Singapore in 1937.
In HONG KONG, local newspapers were full of the outpouring of condolences from actors and actresses, many of whom could trace their careers back to Shaw.
Superstar Andy Lau, who graduated from the 1981 TVB acting class, said he would remember Shaw forever.