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News Ryan Lambie 7 Jan 2014 - 07:25

The producer of countless martial arts classics and Ridley Scott's Blade Runner has died at the age of 106.

One of the key figures in the Chinese film industry, Sir Run Run Shaw, has sadly passed away. Over the course of an extraordinary career, the producer, via his company The Shaw Brothers, was responsible for the creation of dozens of hit films, most famously in the martial arts genre.

At the peak of its output in the 60s and 70s, Shaw Brothers were putting out more than 12 movies a year, and some of them are true classics - The One-Armed Swordsman, to name but one, was a key film in the wuxia genre, and was one of the movies that inspired Quentin Tarantino to make Kill Bill.

In 1974, The Shaw Brothers even collaborated with Hammer Studios in one of the most unusual genre films of the 70s, »

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