Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon : 5 of 5
I had been dying to see this movie from the moment I first saw the trailer. It was well worth the wait - Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (the title is never explicitly explained in the film) is by far the most beautiful Chinese movie I've seen, combining martial arts action with fantasy and romance. The plot is simple, but the choreography is breathtaking - the characters perform an ancient martial art that invokes the power to fly, and this opens up the door to rooftop battles, skipping across water, and even fighting in the tops of delicate bamboo trees. The women are absolutely beautiful, which makes the fighting action even more enjoyable. There are also opportunities for tears, as well. This is easily the best fantasy film ever made, even pulling off the genre better than Star Wars (due to the characterization that hopefully Lucas will pay attention to in Episode II!).