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Singapore's movie industry paid tribute on Tuesday to Hong Kong media mogul Run Run Shaw, who died early Tuesday morning at the age of 107. Sir Run Run died peacefully in his home in Hong Kong, surrounded by his family.
SINGAPORE: Singapore's movie industry paid tribute on Tuesday to Hong Kong media mogul Run Run Shaw, who died early Tuesday morning at the age of 107.
Sir Run Run died peacefully in his home in Hong Kong, surrounded by his family.
Sir Run Run and his brother Runme Shaw were founders of Shaw Organisation - which played a pivotal role in establishing Singapore's film industry.
Shaw Organisation has been in Singapore for nearly 90 years and during that time, film buffs said it has brought many iconic movies to Singapore's silver screens.
One of its most important contributions in Singapore is in providing a launch pad for Malay films.
In the late 1940s, the Shaw Brothers set up a Malay film studio at Jalan Ampas.
During the post-war period, they produced more than 200 Malay films, ushering in the "Golden Age of Malay Cinema".
Malay film researcher Yusnor Ef said: "Shaw Brothers was the distributor at that time to bring in films from Hong Kong, from China… British films, Hollywood films. But they started from the Malay films because they could see the potential of the future."
Even though the films were in Malay, they were a collaborative effort by people of different races.
Dr Foo Tee Tuan, deputy director of UniSIM Centre for Chinese Studies at SIM University, said: "The producers that came out to invest to make the film were Chinese, whereby the directors tended to be Indian, and the actors, actresses, were Malay. So in that sense, it's the early days of multi-racial co-production in Singapore."
Beyond the movies Sir Run Run and his brother produced over the decades, it was also his dedication to his work that endeared him to fans.
David Lee, vice-chairman of Singapore Film Society, said: “I read about his personal work ethic, like he would start the day at 6am, and he would go to do the work early, and he personally scrutinised and watched almost every single film ever produced by Shaw studios and even watching the films of his competitors as well, just to critique and see how they can make it better.”
Apart from the film business, the brothers also ran the famed Great World and New World amusement parks till 1964 and 1987 respectively.
Sir Run Run's brother Runme Shaw died in 1985.
Sir Run Run is survived by his second wife, two sons and two daughters.