Chow co-founded Golden Harvest in 1970 and was among the first to bring Hong Kong movies to America and other territories outside Asia. He originally worked as a publicist for Shaw Brothers Studios before making the jump to production in the company led by Run Run Shaw that popularized kung fu movies.
After Chow spotted Lee on local Hk television, Golden Harvest inked the martial arts master to a three-film deal — one of which was the seminal kung fu actioner Enter the Dragon. The film was the first Hong Kong movie co-produced with a Hollywood studio (Warner Bros.) and it became a staggering success. With a budget reportedly under