3 user

The Brave Archer III (1981)

She diao ying xiong chuan san ji (original title)
This is "The brave archer 3"



(story), (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

Watch Now

With Prime Video



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A young man must complete a series of martial art tests and overcome assassins along the way.

Director: Cheh Chang
Stars: Sheng Fu, Tien Niu, Danny Lee
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Kuo Tsing wins the hand of fair maiden Huang Yung. Almost immediately, however, clan rivalries leads to Kuo being wounded by Ouyang Feng and Huang being named new leader of the Beggar Clan.

Director: Cheh Chang
Stars: Sheng Fu, Niu Niu, Feng Ku
Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A team of skilled fighters navigate a house rigged with an array of ingenious and deadly traps.

Director: Cheh Chang
Stars: Feng Lu, Li Wang, Tien Hsiang Lung
Action | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Brave Archer and His Mate is the fourth in a series originally starring international favorite Alexander Fu Sheng as master martial artist Kuo Tsing. Kuo Chui is the new hero who is out to ... See full summary »

Director: Cheh Chang
Stars: Sheng Fu, Tien Hsiang Lung, Phillip Chung-Fung Kwok
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

When director Chang Chen found new talent and blood with "The Five Venoms" actors, most of which were trained in the highly acrobatic Chinese opera and well versed with exotic martial arts ... See full summary »

Director: Cheh Chang
Stars: Phillip Chung-Fung Kwok, Sheng Chiang, Li Wang
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Director Chang Cheh reunites the Five Venoms in his second biggest cult hit in the West. It's Lo Meng's most memorable performances whose showdown with fellow Venom Kuo Chue is artistically violent while being graphically artsy.

Director: Cheh Chang
Stars: Chien Sun, Meng Lo, Feng Lu
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The movie involves two stories concerning the original Ten Tigers and their future disciples.

Director: Cheh Chang
Stars: Lung Ti, Sheng Fu, Phillip Chung-Fung Kwok
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Three North Shaolin teachers (Lu Feng, Chang Sheng, and Sun Chien) are called on by the Manchus to teach their soldiers and are urged to challenge the current South Shaolin teachers. They ... See full summary »

Director: Cheh Chang
Stars: Feng Lu, Sheng Chiang, Chien Sun
Shao Lin si (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The Shaolin Temple is the last place to resist defeat by the Manchu Dynasty, mostly because of their unique fighting style. Men from far and wide come to wait outside the temple, hoping ... See full summary »

Director: Cheh Chang
Stars: Sheng Fu, Kuan-Chun Chi, Lung Ti
Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

One of Liu Chia-liang's classics,.Cat VS Rat is almost a full-scale slapstick comedy, as well as a tailor-made showcase for the "odd couple" of Alexander Fu Sheng and Cheng Shao-chiu. Their... See full summary »

Director: Chia-Liang Liu
Stars: Sheng Fu, Adam Cheng, Kara Hui
Can que (1978)
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Three men, crippled by an evil warlord, become friends and learn kung fu with the help of an old teacher and his idiot pupil.

Director: Cheh Chang
Stars: Kuan-Tai Chan, Feng Lu, Phillip Chung-Fung Kwok
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The final student of a dying martial arts master is instructed to locate the previous five students and defeat any evil ones among them.

Director: Cheh Chang
Stars: Sheng Chiang, Chien Sun, Phillip Chung-Fung Kwok


Credited cast:
Niu Niu
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tien-Chi Cheng
Sheng Chiang
Li Ching
Kin Ping Chow
Ke Chu
Jin Guo
Yu Lung Hsiao
(as Hui Ying Hung)
Hsin Nan Hung
Phillip Chung-Fung Kwok ...
(as Kuo Chui)
You-Hsing Lai
Wai Lam ...
(as Wei Lin)


This is "The brave archer 3"

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

martial arts | kung fu | sequel | See All (3) »


Action | Drama





Release Date:

12 November 1981 (Hong Kong)  »

Also Known As:

Blast of the Iron Palm  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Follows The Brave Archer (1977) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

BRAVE ARCHER 3 – less action, long side story with Ti Lung
18 December 2004 | by (Bronx, NY) – See all my reviews

Continuing the Shaw Bros. epic filming of Louis Cha's "Legend of the Condor Heroes," BRAVE ARCHER 3 (1981) follows Kuo Tsing (Fu Sheng) and Huang Yung (Niu Niu), the happy-but-beleaguered couple from BRAVE ARCHER 1 & 2, as they continue their travels on behalf of the Beggars Clan whose chieftainship their teacher (Ku Feng) had bestowed on Huang Yung in the previous film. However, a blow by Iron Palm (Lo Meng) has seriously wounded Huang Yung, so Kuo Tsing seeks help from a reclusive white-haired beauty, "Auntie Ying" (Ching Li), who sends them to Emperor Yuan (Ti Lung) for a cure. But first they must get past the Emperor's followers, a fisherman (Chiang Sheng), a woodcutter (Lu Feng), a farmer (Wang Li), and a scholar (Sun Chien). Emperor Yuan has shaved his head and become a monk and the couple's visit leads to a lengthy side story with detailed flashbacks about the Emperor and Auntie Ying, once one of his concubines, whose affair with "Uncle Naughty"–Chao Pai Tung, an eccentric kung fu master exiled to Peach Island whom we met in the two previous films—yielded a son and a sequence of events with tragic results. (I should point out that the subtitles on the film on the remastered Celestial DVD say "Emperor," while the subtitles on the trailer, provided as an extra, refer to the character as "Duke Yuan," which seems more likely.)

As detailed as that is—and I'm keeping it real simple—there's still not as much story as was packed into the first two films. And there's also not as much as action. The endearing young lovers played by Fu Sheng and Tien Niu have to take a back seat for much of the story to Ti Lung and Ching Li whose entire drama takes up a huge chunk of the narrative and recalls a Chor Yuen-directed film the two starred in three years earlier, SWORDSMAN AND ENCHANTRESS (also reviewed on this site). The other sets of characters include the Iron Palm crew led by Lo Meng and the four aides to Ti Lung played by Chiang Sheng, Lu Feng, Wang Li and Sun Chien. Kuo Chui (Philip Kwok) as "Naughty" is seen both in flashback and the present, and joins them all in the final battle which means that all five actors comprising the Five Venoms (from the 1978 Shaw Bros. film of that title), plus their frequent co-star Wang Li (the honorary "Sixth Venom"), appear together in this sequence, making this something of an honorary Five Venoms film. The final brawl comes at 82 minutes into the 92-minute film and represents the only extended kung fu fight in the film. It's a good one, but it was a long wait getting there.

While not quite as filled with excitement as the two earlier Brave Archer films, it's still a fun, eye-pleasing costume adventure shot on lavish Shaw Bros. sets and featuring a fine all-star mix of unforgettable Shaw Bros. performers.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page