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Wang is remembered for his five-part epic wuxia-romance series, often called collectively the Crane-Iron Series (鶴鐵系列), named after the first characters in the titles of the first and last installments in the series. The stories chronicle the struggles of four generations of youxias. These are the titles under which they are now published, in order of their internal chronology (that is, not in the order they were originally composed or published):

Crane Frightens Kunlun (鶴驚崑崙)

Precious Sword, Golden Hairpin (寶劍金釵)

Sword Force, Pearl Shine (劍氣珠光)

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (臥虎藏龍)

Iron Knight, Silver Vase (鐵騎銀瓶)

The first book of the series, Crane Startles Kunlun, was written third, after Sword Spirit, Pearl Light, and serialized under the title Dancing Crane, Singing Luan (舞鶴鳴鸞記).

Ang Lee's 2000 film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, includes episodes and information from some of the other books in the series, apart from the novel which shares the same title as the film. The official website of actress Michelle Yeoh, who starred in the film, has an English-language summary of the five books.[1]

As of 2011, no official English language translations of his novels exist. However, there is a manhua series of the same title, (now in its second, revised edition) created by Andy Seto. They depart substantially from the written text.

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