A quixotic choice for a NYFF restoration sidebar, Shaw Brothers Studios was the purest of pulpmeisters and one of the world's great B-movie assembly lines, dominating a post-war Chinese cinema that did not know from A's. An authentic dynasty that began in the dye business in 19th-century Ningbo and remained in control of the four "Run" brothers for nearly 80 years, the Shaw company always sought control over exhibition as well as production and distribution, and by the 1950s their paintbox-hued, ShawScope epics dominated the industry in Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Singapore. They also did gangbusters distributing to the world's Chinatowns—with different degrees of raciness for different regions—selling a lush, reactionary fantasy about the old China when the reality of the PRC was darkening... More >>>