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射鵰英雄傳第三集 (1981)
The Brave Archer Part III

Reviewed by: Gaijin84
Date: 05/15/2022
Summary: Solid plot continues the saga with an amazing final fight...

The third part in the Brave Archer series starts directly from where part two ended. Kuo Tsing (Fu Sheng) and Huang Yung (Niu Niu) are pursuing Qiu Qian-ren (Lo Meng) and his clan to Iron Palm Mountain, in hopes of retrieving General Yue’s martial arts manual. They manage to sneak in and steal the book, but are attacked by Qian-Ren and Prince Yang Kang (whose role has been taken over by actor Yu Tai-Ping). Huang Yung is mortally injured but the two escape into the woods. They eventually end up on the edge of a swamp, but see an inhabited compound in the middle of the marshland. Using her knowledge of the Taoist elements, Yung guides the duo along a secret path to the house, which is inhabited by Madam Ying (Ching Li). Although she can’t directly assist, she advises them that their only hope is to travel to Emperor Duan (Ti Lung) and implore him to use his Yi Yang technique to save Yung’s life. In order to meet with Duan though, they must get past his four disciples, each with a riddle that must be solved in order to pass. Yung’s superior intellect wins out again, and they are able to have an audience with Duan. He agrees to heal her, even though the process will ultimately kill him if he doesn’t go through five years of intensive training in order to regain his strength. Through a series of flashbacks, the connections between a series of characters are revealed, including Madam Ying, Duan, Chao Pai-Tun (Phillip Kwok) and the Iron Palm’s Qian-Ren. An ultimate confrontation takes place between the Iron Palm clan and Duan’s disciples.
In some ways, Brave Archer III felt like the best of the three films. Although it is somewhat necessary to have watched the first two films leading into it, the plot is straightforward and the performances are good. Ti Lung is a welcome addition to the cast and Ching Li is also solid. Although it is a bit open ended, The Brave Archer and His Mate is the final part of the quadrilogy, so assumptions are that the story will be wrapped up in that film. The real standout in this film is the final fight between the Iron Palms and Duan’s men. This weapon-based battle is easily in the top five for this era of films and is immensely enjoyable. You get Chiang Sheng vs Ricky Cheng, Sun Chien vs Hsiao Yu, Wong Lik vs Lau Fong-Sai and Lu Feng vs Chu Kuo. In addition Lo Meng battles Fu Sheng in open-handed combat. It’s the Venoms in some of the most spectacular weapon choreography you’ll see. If for no other reason, this is worth watching the movie for.


Reviewer Score: 8

Reviewed by: Sydneyguy
Date: 12/11/2004
Summary: Average

Just like part 2 i felt there is no continuity in the movie, it justs to another chapter and some of the major players arent even in the movie. At the end you feel like is that it?? Whether "Brave archer and his mate" is part 4 i am not sure but so far it feels like it isnt going to end soon!!


Reviewed by: pjshimmer
Date: 03/24/2002
Summary: English Dub actually works!

This is the only SB movie which the dub I will say was fairly ok. It has a great storyline (don't worry if it doesn't click at the beginning), a charming cast, and one of the longest running fight scenes I've ever seen, featuring the venoms, Fu Sheng, and some various ppl with good skills. Although earlier unrealistic action sequences delivered left me quite unimpressed...


Reviewed by: battlemonkey
Date: 12/21/1999

Kuo Tsing (Alexander Fu Sheng) and his companion (Hui Ying-hung) go in search of an old master (Ti Lung), while being pursued by the minions of the Iron Palm clan, led by Lo Meng. Before they can see the master, the duo must past a number of tests of intelligence and skill. They pass each one, talk to the old master, and then everyone get's together for a big fight. Very interesting looking film. Unfortunately, it seems like no real master copies are left (the film and the others in the series fell victim to a fire at the studio), so all that remains are fair-poor quality pirate copies. Still, it's a very interesting film, with plenty of action and wit.

Reviewed by: Rindge
Date: 12/09/1999

I must say Ti-Lung actually looked pretty cool as an abbot - bald head and everything. I've never seen Ti-Lung with a bald head. Has anyone else? Also that fight scene at the end with Iron Palm gang led by Lo Meng I think from the five venoms with Ti-Lungs servants (who were also five venom stars) was awesome. The choreography on the weapon fight scenes were sweeter than sweet.