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Run Run Shaw – five of the best from the 'godfather of kung fu movies'

7 January 2014 3:20 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

We look back at the key films from the long career of the Hong Kong studio mogul credited with triggering the worldwide craze for kung fu

Run Run Shaw, godfather of kung fu film-making, dies aged 106

Along with his brother Runme, Run Run Shaw set up shop in the south-east Asian film business, first experiencing success before the second world war by founding a chain of cinemas in Malaya. In 1957 the brothers moved their activities to Hong Kong, and they put themselves firmly on the map when their elaborate costume drama, The Magnificent Concubine, won a technical prize at the 1962 Cannes film festival, the first Chinese film to do so. It stars Li Li-hua as a senior emperor's concubine, whose position is threatened when a younger concubine appears on the scene. There's Li warbling a ditty in the clip above.

A decade later, along came The One-Armed Swordsman, which »

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