I think I'm in love with Michelle Yeoh.
I watched Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon on Sunday and was bowled over by it. This page at Magic Lantern has loads of background information, including stuff about wuxia pian, the storytelling tradition that the film grows out of:
The wuxia pian, or film of martial chivalry, is rooted in a mythical China, but it has always reinvented itself for each age. Like the American Western, the genre has been reworked to keep in touch with audiences' changing tastes and to take advantage of new filmmaking technology. Yet at the center it retains common themes and visceral appeals.