Show Business: The Men Behind Kung Fooey

"The Chinese take Kung Fu seriously," observes Run Run Shaw, one of two Chinese brothers who produced the current smash-hit film Five Fingers of Death. "Americans see it as comedy." Not that Run Run minds, as long as customers pay. "We're here to make money," he happily admits. Comic as it may seem, Five Fingers, made in Hong Kong for a mere $300,000, has grossed $3,800,000 in only eleven weeks in the U.S., not to mention $4,100,000 in other foreign countries.

Five Fingers is a kind of chop-suey western exploiting Kung Fu, one...

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