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Film mogul Run Run Shaw dies at 107

Pioneering Hong Kong film producer Run Run Shaw, whose studio popularised the kung fu genre which influenced Quentin Tarantino and other Hollywood directors, has died at the age of 107.

A statement from Television Broadcasts Limited (TVB), which he helped found in 1967, said Shaw died peacefully but gave no cause of death.

His Shaw Brothers Studios, once among the world's largest, helped launch the careers of powerhouses including director John Woo and churned out nearly 1,000 films. He also produced a handful of US movies, including 1982 sci-fi classic Blade Runner and 1979 disaster thriller Meteor.

His television empire, which remains a dominant force in Hong Kong, nurtured actors who later rose to fame, such as Chow Yun-fat. Wong Kar-wai, the director behind critically acclaimed art-house movies like Chungking Express and In The Mood For Love, got his start through a TVB training course and worked at the station briefly as a production assistant.

Ironically, one actor who slipped through Shaw's grasp, Bruce Lee, went on to become the world's biggest kung fu star.

Shaw (pronounced Shao in Mandarin) led TVB until retiring as chairman in December 2011 at the age of 104. He is survived by his second wife and four children from his first marriage.

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