The Brave Archer (1977)
Reviewed by: pjshimmer on 2003-12-07
I didn't quite know what to expect from my first real Shaw Bros experience. I had no clue whether it was going to fascinate or disappoint. Nthat I've seen it, I will share some thoughts.

Brave Archer is good, but not too great. The action, especially, was so chessy at the beginning that I shook my head over and over, with great dismay. I mean, after you've seen the Condor Heroes TV series or read the original novel, of which the Brave Archer series was based on, expectations are definitely high (by the way, this title is probably the most famous martial arts story in Chinese literature). I was glad to see, though, that things started getting better when Alexander Fu Sheng entered the action scenes. Before that everything was fake and simple. The plot was good, pretty much outlined the early part of the 50 series Condor Hero in less than 2 hours. It was great to see this outline of such a masterpiece. I enjoyed it dispite the chessy action and horrible Eng dub. But if you really wanna see something good, don't miss Part II of Brave Archer as it does a better job all-around.