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Watch: Vintage 30-Minute Documentary 'Fists Of Fire' About Martial Arts Movie Masters The Shaw Brothers

13 May 2014 3:44 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

The amount of hidden gems The Seventh Art finds on the internet is quite staggering and this particular video is no exception. The 1975 BBC documentary “Fists of Fire” is a must if you're a big fan of kung fu movies, as it goes behind the scenes of Hong Kong’s Shaw Brothers Studios, which were famous for popularizing the kung fu and wuxia genres, as well as making a star out of David Chiang, who’s predominantly featured in the video.The founder of Shaw Brothers Studio, Run Run Shaw, died earlier this year at the impressive age of 106. The doc briefly goes into Shaw’s early days, but mostly focuses on his life as a studio mogul. Altogether, Shaw Brothers Studios produced over 1,000 films, the most notable of which include “Come Drink With Me,” “The One-Armed Swordsman,” and “The 36th Chamber of Shaolin” (does that last one ring a bell, »

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Celestial signs pacts with El Rey

26 February 2014 6:32 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Hong Kong-based Celestial Pictures has signed a multi-year content deal with El Rey Network, the new cable channel established by filmmaker Robert Rodriguez.

Under the agreement, El Rey Network will offer subscribers titles from the Shaw Brothers library such as The 36th Chamber Of Shaolin, The Sword Of Swords, The Eight Diagram Pole Fighter and The Flying Guillotine.

The films, which will be presented with English subtitles and English dubbed tracks, will screen throughout the network’s schedule and during its monthly Saturday kungfu marathon. The next marathon will air March 1 and features The One Armed Swordsman trilogy.

Robert Rodriguez said: “Long before El Rey Network was born, I had many of the Shaw Brothers films on my playlist at home. It was a hard drive that had my hit list of personal favorites and certainly these titles were among the best in kung-fu films.

“They are action-packed and still have cult status among fans of the »

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Run Run Shaw dies aged 106

6 January 2014 7:21 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Updated: Sir Run Run Shaw, founder of Shaw Brothers Studios and a pioneer of early Chinese cinema and television, has died aged 106.

Born in 1907, Shaw started his career working with his brothers at their jointly-owned Tianyi Film Company, later moving to Singapore to launch distribution and theatre networks across South-East Asia. He established Shaw Brothers Studios in Hong Kong in 1957.

The studio, which attracted top talent and was renowned for the high technical standards at its Movietown filmmaking base, produced more than 1,000 films, including classics such as The One Armed Swordsman, The 36th Chamber Of Shaolin, Come Drink With Me, The Kingdom And The Beauty and Five Deadly Venoms. Shaw was also a producer on Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner.

The bulk of the Shaw Brothers library was acquired by Hong Kong-based Celestial Pictures in 2000, which digitally remastered and re-released many of the titles. The library continues to be mined by both Western and Asian companies for remake »

- (Liz Shackleton)

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