She diao ying xiong chuan (The Brave Archer) (1977)





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Jin Yong's historical novel The Eagle Shooting Heroes has been adapted into countless Asian television series as well as several films including Ashes of Time and this lengthy and involved Shaw Brothers effort directed by prolific Hong Kong filmmaker Chang Cheh. During the Sung dynasty, a young man named Kuo Ching (Alexander Fu Sheng) is raised and trained by a group of kung fu experts following his father's murder. One day, Ching sees one of his instructors murdered by the Skeleton Claw move, in which the killer straightens his fingers, making them rigid enough to penetrate both flesh and bone. Ching defeats the assassin, then encounters a titled noblewoman named Yung-er (Tien Niu) who is disguised as a pauper. They are subsequently taught by Hung, the Nine-Fingered Beggar (Ku Feng), who can smash a tree into splinters with a single chop of his hand. Ching gains still more knowledge from the master Cho (Phillip Kwok) which prepares him for the three tests he must face and overcome in order to win Yung-er's hand in marriage. The all-star cast includes Danny Lee, Dick Wei, Johnny Wang, and Ti Lung, but most viewers will want to watch for the energetic star turn by Alexander Fu Sheng, whose international stardom was just starting to peak when, ominously, he moved into a house once owned by the late Bruce Lee and known for its negative feng shui. Shortly thereafter, Fu Sheng died tragically young when he crashed into a cement wall in a vehicle driven by his older brother. This film remains one of Fu Sheng's best-known efforts, and led to three sequels. His ghost is still rumored to walk the Shaw Brothers backlot, and his makeup cubicle was left empty for years to appease his spirit. ~ Robert Firsching, Rovi
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Feng Ku
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Tien Niu
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[img][/img] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white]Two blood brothers are separated shortly after birth after the apparent deaths of their fathers. The two brothers are on a mission to find the best form of kung fu. They fight numerous masters, priests, and students in their mission to learn the ultimate form of martial arts. One of the brothers falls for a girl; however, her father is a martial arts master. The brother must win the girl in a contest that includes martial arts talent and intelligence.[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white] [/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white]“You six can kill yourselves and save me the trouble of doing it.”[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white] [/color][/size][/font] [size=3][font=Times New Roman][color=white][b]Chang Cheh, d[/b]irector of Masked Avengers, Killer Army, The Spearman, Kid with the Golden Arm, 5 Kung Fu Daredevils, Crippled Avengers, Invincible Shaolin, Five Deadly Venoms, and the One-Armed Swordsman, delivers Brave Archer part 1. The storyline for this film is twisted and eventually become incoherent. The film is more about the individual characters rather then the actual plot. The acting and choreography is solid.[/color][/font][/size] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white] [/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white]“You drank my snake’s blood, now I’ll drink yours.”[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white] [/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white]The baby naming sequence, the two fathers getting killed, the opening introductions, Centipede versus the 5 fingers of death, the skeleton claw flashback, the tattooed manual, the lunch order, the fight for the rights to the bride, the snake attack sequence, the true father discovery, the mother slicing her own throat, the thieves being turned to slaves and then losing their tongues explanation, the changing of the seasons during the song, and the fight during the recital were amongst the better portions of the film.[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white] [/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white]“I think we should bury his head. It may frighten your wives, wouldn’t want that.”[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white] [/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white]The Brave Archer is a film with an all star cast. However, they are presented on an individual and limited basis. Only a few characters receive adaquete screen time, and the characters who receive extended screen time are usually not from the Venoms. Lizard received quite a bit of screen time from the Venoms but he did not appear in many action sequences. There are four volumes to the Brave Archer collections, and I will review them all; however, I would recommend viewing any of the Venom films prior to the Brave Archer series.[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white] [/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white]“Get married, and your kung fu suffers.”[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#ffffff][/color][/size][/font] [size=3][font=Times New Roman][color=white]Grade: C+ [/color][/font][/size] [color=white][/color]

Kevin Robbins
Kevin Robbins

[font=Arial Black][img][/img][/font] [font=Arial Black]Plot: The story of two young kung fu students who are being taught by two different masters with the intent of having them fight at a later date in order to determine which had the better teacher. Romance and family politics also figure heavily in this stately classic of 1970's martial arts cinema.[/font] [font=Arial Black]Review: Brave Archer Part I iz a classic Material Arts tale. The movie is based on a famous Chinese novel series. A pretty good movie with great sets and costumes. Of course some great classic Material Arts fight scences. If your a fan of ol' skool Material Arts movies then you would probably like this movie. I dont't think a casual viewer would enoy it.[/font] [font=Arial Black]Quotes: "You six can kill yourselves and save me the trouble of doing it." [/font]

Sammy Ruiz
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