The legendary Hong Kong film producer Raymond Chow, who brought megastars like Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan into limelight, passed away at the age of 91.
Raymond Chow and Bruce Lee started to work together from the 1971 movie ‘The Big Boss’. It was Bruce Lee’s second film of his career. With the record breaking box office success of the film, Bruce became a star and later started to get fame outside Asia.
And in 80’s, another Hong Kong megastar Jackie Chan gained height of acclaim after started working in Raymond Chow’s films.
Before retiring in 2007, Chow had produced over 600 movies.
Born in 1927 in Hong Kong, Raymond Chow used to work as reporter before entering the film industry.
In 1972, he started own production house ‘Golden Harvest’ with producer Leonard Ho.
From there, hit projects with Bruce Lee like ‘Fist of Fury’, ‘The Way of the Dragon’ were created in 1972.
in 1973, Raymond Chow produced ‘Enter the Dragon’ jointly with Hollywood giant Warner Bros. It was the first joint venture between Hong Kong and Hollywood.
Chow’s activities were not only confined in Hong Kong, but in Hollywood too. He produced the 90’s hit ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ there.
Hong Kong bestowed it’s highest honor ‘Gold Bauhinia Star medal’ on Raymond Chow in 1998.
However in later years, due to financial crisis in Asia, Chow had to sell his production house in 2007.
Bruce Lee’s daughter Shannon expressed her grief in Twitter message and thanked Chow for giving young Bruce Lee as chance.
Our condolences go out to Raymond Chow’s family. Thank you Raymond for taking a chance on a young Bruce Lee and helping him to realize his dream. Rest in peace, Raymond.
…#BruceLee #RaymondChow pic.twitter.com/tmMECWeNaj
— Bruce Lee (@brucelee) November 2, 2018
Hong Kong’s chief executive Carrie Lam commented in a statement, “contribution to the golden era of Hong Kong movies cannot go unremarked.”