Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
In the days of the Qing dynasty, the last Imperial Empire in China, a battle wages over a magical sword.
Li is a great warrior who decides to change his life. When he takes his magical sword Green Destiny to an old friend and important government official for safekeeping, a mysterious masked martial artist steals it.
Li and the beautiful Yu, who he secretly loves, set off to recover the weapon. They encounter the evil Jade Fox who killed Li's master, and become involved with the governor's daughter Jen who is destined for an arranged political marriage but is secretly in love with the desert bandit Lo.
The story and characters are not new but what made Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon different was the marvellous special effects.
The action scenes where the warriors fly through the air, battling each other on the ground, in the sky and even while standing on the tops of bamboo trees are fantastic.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was an international co-production between Hong Kong, American and Taiwanese companies. It was filmed on the mainland and featured a cast from countries all over Asia. The impressive film was by Taiwanese director Ang Lee. It was a smash hit that won four Oscars and dozens of other awards. It also won millions of new fans.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon came out in 2000 and there have been no sequels. But as it's based on the fourth novel in the Crane-Iron pentalogy (a series of five books) by Wang Dulu, there might be more in future.
Once upon a time in a galaxy far, far away, a handful of warriors took on an intergalactic evil empire.
The main characters are: Luke Skywalker, a courageous prince who uses The Force, a supernatural energy that binds the universe together.
Princess Leia is a brave princess who leads her people in rebellion, and Han Solo is a heroic but somewhat unreliable and selfish warrior.
Their enemies Darth Vadar and the Emperor are evil and use the dark side of The Force against them.
The story and characters are classic but what made Star Wars a huge success in 1977 was imagination.
George Lucas, who wrote and directed the film, created a universe of wonderfully weird characters, and then spent a fortune on special effects.
The human stars were accompanied by a bear-like creature Chewbacca, a little robot R2-D2 who speaks in whistles, and a cowardly android C-3PO.
Together they hurtled through asteroid fields in space, fought battles with colourful light sabres and escaped from their enemies' cunning traps.
Star Wars was so successful Lucas later re-titled it Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope and went on to write more stories. Episode V The Empire Strikes Back appeared in 1980 and the final episode The Return of the Jedi came out in 1983.
Episode I: The Phantom Menace appeared in 1999 with Episode II: Attack of the Clones appearing in 2002, and Episode III: Revenge of the Sith in 2005.