WASHINGTON — Legendary Chinese filmmaker and philanthropist Run Run Shaw died Tuesday at the age of 107.
Before The Matrix, before Big Trouble in Little China, and before the Wu-Tang Clan, there was the Shaw Brothers, the predominant Hong Kong movie house for some 40 years that cranked out more than 280 films. From the late 1950s through the 1990s, Shaw's movie operation dominated Hong Kong and Chinese cinema generally.
He also cast a long shadow over American cinema, influencing a host of modern directors, including Quentin Tarantino and the Wachowskis.
Classic Shaw Brothers movies — eight of which can be found below — span a mix of epic musicals, psychedelic gore, exploitation, and cutting-edge science fiction.