Top leaders pay respects to Shaw at his funeral

Film pioneer Run Run Shaw's funeral, attended by his family and relatives, was held at the Hong Kong Funeral Home in North Point in Hong Kong today.

Hong Kong's former chief executives Tung Chee-wah and Donald Tsang Yam-kuen also came to pay their respects, reported South China Morning Post.

After the service, his body was transferred to the Cape Collinson Crematorium, said Xinhua.

On Jan 16, a memorial service for the media mogul is scheduled to be held at Clear Water Bay.

The billionaire film pioneer, who is credited as the inventor of the kung fu genre, died at his home in Hong Kong on Tuesday at the age of 106.

Together with his older brother, Runme, he founded a film production house in Shanghai in 1927. He later moved to Hong Kong and Singapore.

Shaw Brothers Studios went on to produce around 1,000 titles, helping to breed top directors such as John Woo.

Mr Shaw was also a generous philanthropist, receiving a knighthood from Britain's Queen Elizabeth in 1977 for his public service with the Red Cross.

ellenja@sph.com.sg

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