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A day at the Shaw Brothers’
Sir Run Run’s private quarters 1/1 - Page 4
Author(s) : David Vivier
Thomas Podvin
Date : 10/7/2007
Type(s) : Information
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People :
Cheng Pei Pei
Run Run Shaw
Quentin Tarantino
Movies :
Golden Swallow
Hong Kong Nocturne
Kill Bill Volume 1
One-Armed Swordsman
The Pirate
Companies :
Shaw Brothers
Lexic :
Feng Shui
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Special thanks to Celestial Pictures, William Pfeiffer and Gordon Cheung.
Thanks extended to Shirley Chung for her time and her much-appreciated amendments.
Special thanks to Aaron Han Joon Magnan-Park, without whom this day wouldn’t have been possible.

© All photos by David Vivier for HKCinemagic.com.
No picture can be used without prior consent of HKCinemagic.com.

Photos and captions by David Vivier.
Text by Thomas Podvin.

Disclaimer: The Shaw Studios in Clearwater Bay are a place of business usually closed to visitors. Our visit was exceptional and arranged in advance. We regret we are unable to help anyone to visit the premises.

the office



Mr. Pfeiffer is actually sitting at the desk of Sir Run Run Shaw, in a very well lit office, with a great view. Feng Shui has played a great part in setting up the office, where orientation, sun, light and view were of importance. This is the place were decisions and stars were made and films were discussed. This office, still in use, has been kept exactly as before, when Sir Run Run was running the studios since 1960.

On the bottom left of the pictures, three film posters are framed. They are films that made Sir Run Run proud and they were great successes: two films with Cheng Pei Pei, The Girl with the Thunderbolt Kick (AKA Golden Swallow, 1968), Hong Kong Nocturne (1967), and The One-Armed Swordsman (1967).


The theatre

Sir Run Run also owns a small private theatre that can accommodate around 36 guests. Still in use, the comfortable screening room, tastefully decorated, has great facility and a state-of-the-art sound system. We were told that while visiting the studio US director Quentin Tarantino (Kill Bill) had a chance to sit on the boss's sofa in the theatre.

the villa


Sir Run Run's villa is located in the studios (middle). A bridge facilitates the access to the villa.

Shaw was used to driving his Rolls-Royce - an exterior sign of richness - to his office from his villa. Also, he had a great view and the beach down his villa was used as location for The Pirate (1973).


A close up on the villa (top right) with the bridge for access. We'd have been honored to see in which environment Sir Run Run had been living for four decades, but of course, the mogul's private quarters were off limits.


After half day in the studio, we warmly thanked and said goodbye to our hosts, thinking about the hard work they put into keeping the Shaw Brothers' myth alive, not only for old generation and old-school movie buffs but also for the new generation of movie-goers.

We apologize to our readers that we couldn't take more pictures, some things must be kept secret, but maybe next time.

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