Show Business: The Empire of Run Run Shaw

Shaw is the name that dominates the movie business of Southeast Asia. Shaw Brothers' films, produced at Shaw's Movietown, shot in Shawscope color and shown in 143 Shaw-owned theaters, attract 250,000 people a day from Hong Kong to Jakarta, plus thousands more in Chinatowns around the world. Shaw Brothers grind out 40 titles a year (newest crop: Black Magic, Killer Clans, Five Shaolin Masters)−a sort of column A, column B menu of Oriental weepers with suicidal beauties, or Eastern Westerns featuring Kung Fu Mandarins.

But ever since Five Fingers of Death set U.S. and...

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