Today Hong Kong producer Run Run Shaw has passed at the old age of 106. Besides being a Person That Doesn’t Rap But Has A Rapper Name, he is most known for founding the great Shaw Brothers Studios which produced an enormous catalog of kung-fu films, notably featuring martial artist Gordon Liu.
Sometime in the early ’90s however, his movies somehow found their way into the hands of some rappers from Brooklyn and Staten Island and would serve as the core foundation of the Wu-Tang Clan. To this day, the Shaw Brothers influence is still found in nearly all Wu-Tang songs, from their album and track titles, their individual personas, and especially with the RZA’s sampling of the movies they produced.
The Shaw Brothers influence would finally come full circle in 2003 (and reach its greatest audience) when Quentin Tarantino, a fan of their films, created his homage to all things martial arts, KILL BILL. In Tarantino’s kung-fu epic, he payed tribute to the Shaw Brothers movies by using the original Shaw Brothers intro, casting Gordon Liu as two different characters, and even putting a song by the RZA on the soundtrack in which he rhymes Oren Ishii with "Half Chinese-Half Japanesy”. So thanks for that.