They are wanderers, rebels, and warriors. They are brave, deadly, and (often) straight-up martial arts magicians. They live by a code, but they can, and will, cut you. They are the stars of Wuxia films like House of Flying Daggers and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon! Wuxia is a form of storytelling that began in ancient China and has evolved over the centuries to become a beloved cinematic genre. Do you love poetic romanticism and epic, acrobatic fight sequences? Then get you a movie that can do both! This video essay gives a crash course in Wuxia films that will have you pretending all of your office supplies are projectile knives.