Sir Run Run Shaw
(1907 - 2014)
Original name Shao Renleng, Sir Run Run Shaw was also known as Shao Yifu and Siu Yat-fu. He co-founded Unique Film Productions in Shanghai in 1924 with his three elder brothers. In 1926, he went to Singapore to open up his entertainment business there. Seeing that the productions of Shaw & Sons Ltd failed to meet the demand in Southeast Asia, Sir Run Run Shaw came to Hong Kong in 1957 to build the Shaw Brothers Studio in Clear Water Bay, the biggest studio in South East Asia, and established Shaw Brothers (Hong Kong) Ltd. At the same time, he recruited and trained a lot of movie talents. Shaw Brothers produced over 800 films in Hong Kong, with a large variety of genres. With Cantonese films like “Sweet Girl in Terror” (1958) “Young Rock” (1959), Huangmei opera like "The Kingdom and the Beauty" (1959) and "The Love Eterne" (1963); martial arts films like "Come Drink with Me" (1966) and "One-Armed Swordsman" (1967); epics like “Princess Yang Kwei Fei“(1955),“The Magnificent Concubine” (1962) or “The Empress Dowager” (1975), they were all hugely popular and won numerous awards at Asian Film Festival and Golden Horse Awards. In mid-1960s, he saw the potential in television entertainment and invested in TVB (Television Broadcasts Limited), years later to become its Board Chairman. Shaw Brothers ceased production in 1987, but still invested in producing films “Justice, My Foot!” (1992), “Lifeline” (1997) and “72 Tenants of Prosperity” (2010). His lifelong dedication to the film business was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 51st Asian Pacific Film Festival 2006, and the Century Achievement Award at the Hong Kong Film Awards 2007.