Sixteen years ago, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon became the most iconic of martial-arts epics. With thrilling wire-work sequences and powerful direction by Ang Lee, it was a rare breed of Chinese picture that pleased mainstream audiences and critics alike. Thanks to its cultural influence, many more martial-arts pictures followed in wider releases, from the likes of Iron Monkey to Ong-Bak. But having seen so many such films since Crouching Tiger, both good and bad, I never had much of a...