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The Brave Archer 3, also known as Blast of the Iron Palm, is a 1981 Hong Kong film adapted from Louis Cha's novel The Legend of the Condor Heroes. The film was produced by the Shaw Brothers Studio and directed by Chang Cheh, starring Alexander Fu Sheng and Niu-niu in the lead roles. The film is the third part of a trilogy and was preceded by The Brave Archer (1977) and The Brave Archer 2 (1978). The film has two unofficial sequels, The Brave Archer and His Mate (1982) and Little Dragon Maiden (1983), both of which were based on The Return of the Condor Heroes. The theme song of the film, Say Cheung Kei (四張機), was composed by Chang Cheh, arranged by Joseph Koo and performed in Cantonese by Jenny Tseng.

The Brave Archer 3
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Traditional 射鵰英雄傳第三集
Simplified 射雕英雄传第三集
Directed by Chang Cheh
Produced by Mona Fong
Screenplay by Ni Kuang
Chang Cheh
Story by Louis Cha
Starring Alexander Fu Sheng
Music by So Jan-hung
Stephen Shing
Joseph Koo
Cinematography Cho Wai-kei
Edited by Chiang Hsing-lung
Lee Yim-hoi
Distributed by Shaw Brothers Studio
Release date
  • 12 November 1981 (1981-11-12)
Running time
92 minutes
Country Hong Kong
Language Mandarin


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