An enchanting 19th-century Chinese fable about a superhero/Robin Hood type, who helps peasant refugees by stealing from the rich and kicking ass in rather poetic fashion. This 1993 kung fu classic finally gets an American release thanks to producer and martial arts film aficionado Quentin Tarantino. Director Yuen Woo-Ping, who choreographed Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
and The Matrix
, crafted a funny, exciting film long before Ang Lee came along and stole his thunder. The characters in this film hop along rooftops and sail through the air as they fight, much the same way they do in Crouching Tiger
. It’s as entertaining as these genre films get.