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Movie Review: John Woo’s Red Cliff

November 1, 2009

I’ve posted some amazing pictures before. I’ve even spoken about an opportunity to tour with a good friend of mine. But when it comes to exploring the vast history of the Chinese empire, I haven’t had a great opportunity to highlight this amazingly interesting subject matter until now.

Think about it… Unless you focused specifically on other history in your collegiate or post-graduate studies, chances are that your academic and literary exposure to history centered around western civilization, such as Rome, Greece, and the Americas.

Famed Hong Kong Director John’s Woo’s latest epic movie, Red Cliff, gives viewers a rare opportunity to sneak a peek into China’s illustrious thousands-of-years long history. Set in a time period of tumultuous change, with a puppet Emperor and warlord’s waging war for control, this movie gives us the battle of Red Cliff. Fought in the year 208 AD, this was a pivotal and decisive battle during the end of the Han Dynasty and immediately predates the period of the three kingdoms.

I can not say enough how awesome this movie is. Probably the my favorite eastern action film ever. It was nominated for 15 honors at the famed Hong Kong Film Awards and its award-winning cinematography and visual effects make Lord of the Ring’s Battle of Minas Tirith seem like an afterthought. Set for a November US release, I highly recommend this film to any historian, or movie-goer for that matter.

Check out the preview for yourself.

The year was 208AD, the Prime Minister Cao Cao (Fengyi Zhang) has taken control of Northern China and made the Emperor a puppet ruler. But the south is defiance. Lord Liu Bei (Yong You) tries to fight and has excellent general, but is hopelessly outnumbered by Cao Cao “>Cao forces. He sets out to make an alliance with two other Southern Lords, the young Sun Quan (Chen Chang) and military expert Zhou Yu (Tony Leung). Liu Bei uses his chief adviser Kongming (Takeshi Kaneshiro) to negotiate with Lords. Even with this new alliance, Cao Cao still outnumbers the 3 Kingdoms with a force of 800,000 troops. Zhou Yu and Kongming sets out the win the coming battle with strategy, expert military tactics, trickery, the weather and spies. Here the two forces set out for the coming battle.

Tip: If you’re got a high-definition television, a suitable surround sound system, AND ATT U-Verse, you can screen this movie NOW by renting the HD Version for only $11 on Video on Demand. Do it quick though, I don’t know how much longer they’ll offer it since its coming out in theaters soon.

Ever Wanted to Visit China? Go Tour-ING With Our Newest Ninja – Doug Ma!

May 20, 2009

Fellow Ninjas,

I’d like to welcome Doug Ma, a good friend of mine since our high school days, to the DNC Worldwide family. Doug embodies the DNC philosophy in that he has worked hard to be successful scholastically and professionally while maintaining a foothold on his dreams. Starting out at UT-Austin, Doug was a Chapter President for his fraternity, Lambda Phi Epson, before graduating with his BS in Finance. He then landed a job on Wall Street, where he worked for several years before deciding it was the right time to pursue the adventure of a lifetime.

Doug now lives in Beijing China where he runs a company, Go Tour-ING, which specializes in tours of the fast-developing and visually-stunning nation. He wanted me to pass along the message that if any of you are interested in visiting the far east, he would be delighted to welcome you with open arms and Go Tour-ING would be an easy way to create the experience of a lifetime.

Company Profile:

Go Tour-ING is a new tour operating company that specializes in organized tours in China centered around sightseeing, networking and partying for people aged 21-35.  The company was founded by two ex-finance workaholics who traded in their cubicles in order to pursue their interests in traveling.

Please check out their website  for more information about their tours and their departure dates. You may also join our Facebook fan page for the latest in updates and media.

So what are you waiting for?  Go Tour-ing with us!


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Doug Ma is graduate of the University of Texas-Austin holding a BBA in Finance and currently lives in Beijing, China. After school, he worked on Wall Street for a couple of years before he decided to leave his job and travel the world. His journeys led him to China where he co-founded Go Tour-ING, Taking experiences from all his travels, he wanted to create tours that centered on sight seeing, networking, and partying for travelers aged 21-35. Besides traveling, Doug enjoys watching MMA, playing sports, and trying out new things.

China – The World’s 2008 Olympic Host

August 9, 2008

Did you guys catch the opening ceremonies last night? Very awesome to see thousands of people performing tai chi in perfect synchronicity. The rest of the ceremony was very awesome also. All in all, nice for us in the US to catch a glimpse of Chinese culture.

Here are some HDR Pics of China – Usually very mysterious place to most in the western hemisphere but nonetheless one of the most visually stimulating places on Earth.