I must disagree with Ar-edain37 on his view of Hero. In my opinion, this was Jet Li's best film, and definetely one of the best films of the year. It is first and foremost an art film that makes such beautiful and vivid images through the brilliant cinematography, but it is also a magnificent martial arts film with amazing coreography. The way the story is laid out if very unorthodox, and the director made the movie that much more interesting by doing so. I compare it to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, except 10x more beautiful and visually stunning. If you haven't seen Hero yet, go...now!
Along the same path as Hero, another Asian film: Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman, is also an incredible movie. If any of you are martial arts films fanatics, you are familiar with the Zatoichi series that has been running since the 1970s. The series is accurate with time, and the blind swordsman is now an old fraile man on the outside, but a brave and strong warrior on the inside. The fighting was very, oh....Tarintino-esque, with over exagerated violence in some parts, that kind of added a cheesy, yet effective flavor. The plot is very strong, and it is pizzazed by the hilarious Japanese humour incorpated into the film. The thing about Zatoichi that sticks out the most is the music, and how the film itself synchronizes with the music, I don't want to give anything away, so all I can say is go see it. But you might have a hard time finding it since it is only playing in the smaller art theaters.
Lastly, on a different note, Garden State, writen, acted, and directed by Zach Branff, is an amazing movie. The characterization really portrays true life and how one can find beauty in the littlest things. I don't want to give anything away, but the movie is hilarious, dramatic, and just over all - magnificent. See it!