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Enchanting Shadows: The Films of the Shaw Brothers

The recent passing of Chinese business tycoon Run Run Shaw was an event well covered by the world’s media. The obituaries for the 106 year old entrepreneur mainly concentrated on his business acumen and life-long philanthropy.

Like many successful industrialists, Run Run Shaw’s public largess would not have been possible without the profits generated by his companies, in particular the Shaw Brothers movie studio.

Run Run Shaw

For more than a twenty year period from the late 1950s, Run Run … (read more)

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More Shaws HK Classics on iTunes (and finally easier to find!)


Following up on my post from late last year noting that the Celestial releases of the classic Shaw Brothers films from Hong Kong had started appearing on iTunes, I just thought I would note that they have finally organised a way for fans to find all of the Shaws films available there.

According to a recent Facebook update from Celestial, this link should work for all of the countries where they’ve released their films:

http://www.itunes.com/shawbrothers

It’ll open in iTunes on … (read more)

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Run Run Shaw has died

On Tuesday 7 January, one of the most important figures in Hong Kong movie history, Sir Run Run Shaw, passed away at home at the age of 107.

Shaw co-founded movie studio Shaw Brothers (in 1958) and television broadcaster TVB (in 1967), both of which have contributed so much to Hong Kong’s cinema and television output over the years. I’ve seen his name flash by in the opening credits of Shaws films for years — the studio he built defined … (read more)

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‘36th Chamber’ (and its sequel) on iTunes

In the early 2000s, Celestial Pictures in HK bought the rights to the Shaw Brothers library of films (more than 760 titles from the ’50s through to the ’90s) and started trickling them out on DVD beginning in 2002, which was about when I was introduced to Asian cinema by HC’s Alison. I caught a couple of them, beginning with King Hu’s wonderful Come Drink With Me — still one of my favourite films — and got hooked, buying a … (read more)

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