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2:56 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Movie Mogul Who Popularized Kung Fu Fighting Dies At 106

Originally published on Wed January 8, 2014 3:56 am

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

If you've ever enjoyed an action packed Kung Fu film, take a moment to thank Sir Run Run Shaw, who passed away today at age 106.

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GREENE: The television and movie mogul popularized the Kung Fu genre, opening Shaw Brothers film studio in Hong Kong in his early 20's.

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UNIDENTIFIED MAN: The new movie sensation that's stunning the world, a martial arts masterpiece...

GREENE: Shaw Brothers grew to be Asia's largest production studio by the late '50s and one of the most influential film companies in the world. They produced almost a thousand low-budget, action, kick-flicks, including "The Magnificent Concubine" and "The One-Armed Swordsman" and also this film, "Five Fingers of Death."

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UNIDENTIFIED MAN: See mighty warriors attack each other with the most deadly weapons ever developed: Their bare hands.

GREENE: Sir Run Run Shaw, knighted in 1977, went on to run one of the world's dominant Chinese language television networks, launching careers of many Chinese film mega-stars. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

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