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Hot on their trail is a band of highly trained assassins, including Khitan chieftain Gun Hwa-Pyeong (Shin Hyeon-Joon, from Bichunmoo) and his female companion Mae Yeong-Ok (Lee Gi-Yong), who are looking to insure that the prince's reign will be cut short...permanently! And to make matters more complicated, it turns out that Jeong-Hyeon isn't quite the regal, honorable gentleman that So-Ha was expecting, but is instead a man eager to protect himself at all costs with no concern for the well-being of his fellow countrymen. Will Yeon So-Ha escort Jeong-Hyeon back safely? And if so, will he become the kind of leader that his people long for in this desperate time of need? The truth will be revealed in Shadowless Sword, an amazing swordplay saga also starring Park Seong-Woong, Nam Ji-Hyun, Han Gang, and featuring cameos by Choi Ji-Woo, Kim Soo-Ro, and Jeong Jun-Ha!
|Product Title:||Shadowless Sword (DVD) (DTS) (Director's Cut) (Limited Edition) (Korea Version) 無影劍 (DTS 導演剪輯限量版) (韓國版) 无影剑 (DTS 导演剪辑限量版) (韩国版) 無影剣 ディレクターズカット 限定版 （韓国版） 무영검 감독판 한정판 DTS|
|Artist Name(s):||Shin Hyun Jun | Lee Seo Jin | Yoon So Yi 申鉉濬 | 李 瑞真 | 尹素怡 申铉濬 | 李 瑞真 | 尹素怡 シン・ヒョンジュン | イ・ソジン | ユン・ソイ 신 현준 | 이서진 | 윤 소이|
|Country of Origin:||South Korea|
|Region Code:||3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?|
|Other Information:||2 DVDs|
|Shipment Unit:||2 What is it?|
|YesAsia Catalog No.:||1004107370|
* Sound Mix : Dolby 5.1 / dts
* DVD Type : N/A
* Extras :
감독 배우 음성해설
전설의 문을 열다, 무영검(메이킹)
숨겨진 전설 (삭제 장면)
비선원과 척살단, 그들의 이야기(인터뷰)
4인 4색(의상과 분장)
강호의 고수들 (카메오 출연)
포스터 촬영 현장
TV 광고 모음
뮤직 비디오 : KCM “그대 곁으로”
* Director : 김영준
발해의 왕자를 구한 여자무사 '홍라녀의 전설' 영화화! 숨막히는 대결과 여정을 그린 서사 액션 대작
■ 전 세계가 주목하는 한국 액션의 힘!! <반지의 제왕> 제작사 뉴라인 시네마의 전격투자!
■ 80억원의 제작비와 장대한 중국 올로케이션, 광활한 대륙을 가르는 스펙터클한 스케일! 시선을 사로잡는 파워풀한 액션의 향연
■ 극장 미공개 부분이 추가된 디렉터스 컷 버전 수록
■ 카메오 출연 :
임세진 : 비도문 역
최지우 : 여자 무예 고수 역
정준하 : 월낙가의 주막 주인 역
김수로 : 건달 우두머리 역
발해 최고의 여자 무사, 마지막 왕자를 구하라!
거란의 침입에 의해 왕자 모두가 암살된 발해는 나라가 멸망하는 위기에 처하게 된다. 이제 발해의 마지막 희망은 어릴 적 정쟁에 휘말려 쫓겨났던 왕자 ‘대정현’(이서진)뿐.
이에 당대 최고의 절대 고수 ‘연소하’(윤소이)가 마지막 왕자를 구해야 하는 중대한 임무를 부여 받는다. ‘연소하’는 어릴 적부터 군영에서 자라 발해 최고의 무사로 성장한 여무장이다. 그녀는 발해의 운명을 되돌릴 마지막 희망, ‘대정현’을 지키기 위해 무영검을 든다.
그러나 거란 반란군의 두목 ‘군화평’(신현준)과 그의 심복 ‘매영옥’(이기용)의 숨막히는 추적이 계속되고, 가문의 복수와 자신의 야망을 위해 조국을 배신하고 거란의 앞잡이가 된 거란의 무장 ‘군화평’은 반드시 왕자를 찾아 암살하려는 뜨거운 복수심에 불탄다. 그의 명령이라면 목숨을 걸고 따르는 ‘매영옥’은 뛰어난 검술을 지닌 여자 검객 ‘연소하’를 꺾고 최고가 되고자 하는 질투심에 사로잡혀 끝까지 그녀를 쫓는다.
과연 발해인들의 마지막 희망 ‘대정현’과 ‘연소하’는 자신들을 쫓는 거란의 세력에 맞서 무사히 발해로 돌아올 수 있을 것인가. 발해의 재건을 위한 이들의 목숨을 건 여정과 함께마침내 발해의 운명을 건 피할 수 없는 대결이 시작된다.
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Director Kim Young Jun's (Bichunmoo) new project started with a question. What if another 'last Prince' of Balhae existed, other than Dae Gwang Hyun? Another Prince, capable of restoring the Royal line and leading the Balhae Dynasty to a new tomorrow? This time Kim didn't have a famous manhwa to base his story on, and historical records concerning the periods were not only rare, but also filtered through the Chinese world view or too ambiguous to fully trust (especially records from Russian and Japanese sources). The Bichunmoo manhwa might have been a big success, but there weren't really too many scenes you could use in a wuxia, as the difficulties in making the story flow showed. The need to balance traditional wuxia characters with some sort of relation to Balhae created quite a few problems, but Kim was helped by a few legends and historical facts. Dae Gwang Hyun escaped out of the country after its collapse. This created the basis for Dae Jung Hyun (Lee Seo Jin), and the old folk tale of female warrior Hong Ra Nyeo was the perfect foundation for Yeon So Ha's character, played by Yoon Soy. But while the legend is rather well known in Korea, Kim's influences were much closer to home: he always wanted a female warrior protecting our hero, but one of his major inspirations was from the Terminator series, it was as simple as that.
He didn't simply take that concept hook, line and sinker. He adapted it to a more Korean setting: if you look at So Ha and the other 'female warrior protecting a man', Mae Young Ok (Lee Gi Yong), then an interesting contrast emerges. So Ha is clearly the soft on the outside, strong on the inside type. Despite her impressive martial arts skills, she doesn't look intimidating on the outside, something that instead jumps at the viewer instantly, the moment they see Mae Young Ok, with her 180cm frame. She's the opposite, a strong outside, soft inside kind of girl, putting up a very intimidating front, but then suffering inside because of her situation. Shadowless Sword takes these characters - Balhae's last Prince and his female 'protector', the general now working for the Khitan Gun Hwa Pyeong (Shin Hyun Joon) and Mae Young Ok protecting him - and catapults us into 927 Balhae, just one year after the big defeat against the Khitan.
The first piece of the puzzle added to the film was Action Director Ma Yuk Sing, who despite all the difficulties worked well with Kim in Bichunmoo, and what's even more important, the two developed a sincere friendship over the years. Also, to avoid any of the problems which plagued the production of the 2000 film, the actors (Lee Seo Jin, Shin Hyun Joon, Yoon Soy and Lee Gi Yong) trained for four months in Korea before joining the shoot in China. The interesting thing is that director Kim trained with them, not only because he's always been interested in this kind of activity, but to better understand what the actors were going through, help them sharing the same pain and difficulties, and also get that 'rhythm' you only understand after training with professionals in this field. The partnership with Ma is not a case, as Kim had always been more of a Ching Siu Tung than a Yuen Wo Ping fan, and Ching was actually his first choice for Bichunmoo, but his protege Ma joined instead, as Ching was too busy back then. Of course there's plenty of good action directors in Korea, and Jung Doo Hong is certainly world class.
But such intensive use of wires, not only in terms of action made by actors but also 'cinematic action' (think using wires for arrows or similar thing) required people used to the job, not just talented action directors adapting to new experiments through their style. Another interesting factor influencing the making of Shadowless Sword was New Line Cinema of the Lord of the Rings series. After a quick look at the script and a basic promo tape, they liked the idea so much they funded a good 30% of the film, which led to new records in foreign distribution sales, and might actually pave the way for a successful run in the US market. This is when Kim decided to break from the currently accepted norm, and offer something a little different, a sort of throwback to the classic wuxia he grew up with, by focusing on power and speed instead of grace and elegance. This was also reflected in the film's art direction, costumes and the choice of weapons.
It would be silly bringing up historical distortion talking about a wuxia, but the shadowless sword we see featured so prominently in the film is mostly well produced fiction. Closer to Northern European models (Viking maybe?), that kind of sword was never used in Balhae, as before late Goryeo/early Joseon the focus was on smaller, more flexible blades than the imposing longer swords. But then again, the concept wasn't that of recreating historically accurate weapons, but to make something that would fit with the character's personality. And it's not just weapons, even the style of action used by the four major characters (plus Mabul) follows their character traits. Art direction and costumes followed the same concept, as they got closer to road movie sensibilities than anything resembling a wuxia. Since So Ha only wears one costume for the entire film that has to underline her personality and inner strength to protect Jung Hyun at all costs, we focus on lighter colors giving a sense of familiarity. Jung Hyun, who goes from a runaway scoundrel to a King in the making, slowly but gradually changes his image becoming more and more refined. The costumes for Lee Gi Yong's character are particularly impressive, moving away from the usual graceful robes found in leading ladies of the genre.
But of course the calling card of films like these is the action. Although there are a few problems, which tighter editing could have dealt with, the wirework is satisfactory, and the frenetic and powerful pace given to the action scenes fits well with Kim's initial theme. If you don't see too many penetrations or blood flowing it is because Kim is using concepts from the early Wuxias before the kung fu revolution. We are dealing with chi (or Gi, since it's a Korean film) and its tremendous power, not necessarily the action/reaction and technique found in the mano y mano fights of Kung Fu and their subsequent Wirefu offspring. Although editing is only average during the 'rest' of the film, when the action choreographers take over the action scenes, the film turns very powerful, fast and frenetic, effectively supported by Kim Joon Seon's percussion-heavy score. As I said before, I'm not interested in technique for action scenes, and all I care about is maintaining that flow, that rhythm of cinematic action. And on those terms, Shadowless Sword fares quite well.
There are a few problems, things which could have been dealt with given time. The cameos are completely throwaway, especially a wasted Kim Soo Ro and the usual embarrassment from Choi Ji Woo, who in director Kim's mind was going to act out a Brigitte Lin-like figure, but in the end just feels like Choi Ji Woo getting ready for an Andre Kim show, and feeling awkward on some wires. Again, some of the supporting cast stands out for all the wrong reasons. Park Sung Woong's Mabul is quite an interesting character and looks a million dollars, but once he opens his mouth, he looks like an annoying little prick waiting to amuse us with his diabolical laughing ways. Gun Hwa Pyeong's character could be developed a little better, despite Shin Hyun Joon's usual charisma. But those are just minor gripes in a rather accomplished film. First the leading couple, Lee Seo Jin and Yoon Soy, show remarkable chemistry. Lee looks born to act in a Sageuk or Wuxia setting, and I hope he'll continue. And Yoon confirms she's one of the most exciting young talents in the country, if Goodbye Solo wasn't enough. Lee Gi Yong's character could stand on two pages of dialogue, but she handles it impressively, with metric tons of screen presence which will probably land her many more roles in the future (I hope). But my favorite performance is that of Jo Won Hee, a very underrated actor who also recently appeared in Holiday. He's the key to making the final fifteen minutes of the film work.
Kim Young Joon promised an 'upgrade' with this film, and that is exactly what Shadowless Sword is. It's not a great film, but it's a lot of fun, it's reasonably well acted, the action is well choreographed and executed, and production values are predictably very good. Those are all things which Bichunmoo couldn't achieve, so Kim clearly learned something in the last four years. Considering the country's total indifference towards Wuxia, he's one of Chungmuro's last hopes in the genre. I hope it won't take four more years to see another of his films (that's why Shin Hyun Joon jokes he's a 'World Cup director'), and his next film might not even be a Wuxia, but this film has won me over. It's nothing more or less than a very nice throwback to the days when wuxia was a genre and not an excuse to make vapid exotica. The action works, the drama (mostly) works, and it never tries to be more than that. I don't know if he finally fulfilled his but now I can definitely call Kim that: Korean Cinema's 'action kid'.
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Customer Review of "Shadowless Sword (DVD) (DTS) (Director's Cut) (Limited Edition) (Korea Version)"
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June 16, 2007
This customer review refers to Shadowless Sword DTS
"Shadowless Sword" tells of a subjugated people reaching out to their former prince to lead them back to power and glory. The film focusses on a lone warrior, played by Yoon Soy, leading the reluctant prince back to his people and on the challenges they confront along the way.
Yoon Soy delivers a riveting performance, looking absolutely gorgeous and showing some real athletic grace in performing her spectacular martial arts stunts. The rest of the cast looks great and performs well, although the film would have benefitted from a leavening of humor.
Amid the practically unceasing astonishment of the film's jaw-dropping martial arts action, "Shadowless Sword" successfully develops its themes of loyalty, duty, and fulfilling one's purpose in life. Highly recommended for action film buffs.
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July 15, 2006
|I've watched and enjoyed the original version of this film...would someone tell me what is special about this Director's Cut (eg. add'l minutes, development of characters, etc...)...I still don't know the value of purchasing this special version...there's no details of it in the description, nor by any reviewers so far...|
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June 30, 2006
|The storyline was really really simple. However the fight scenes were awsome! Especially for a Korean film. However, for some reason Korean Directors are trying really hard to make their movies "stylish". Imagine, Hero + Crouching Tiger + Jack Sparrow(Pirates of the Carribean) + Drama stars = Shawdowless Sword.|
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June 26, 2006
This customer review refers to Shadowless Sword DTS
... in the style of crouching tiger hidden dragon ...
I really enjoyed Crouching Tiger, and if you did too then you will like this one.
Good acting and Chinese style martial arts. Not too mystical and dreamy with great action. The scene in the water was a bit much.
I am interested in watching Korean movies with English subtitles to help me learn the Korean language. This film is interesting enough to watch over and over in an effort to learn Korean.
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June 24, 2006
|The only problem I had with this movie is that the actors did not do a good job on the wires. They did too many unnesessary spins so it looked kind of funny. The actors were were ok and all but I would of prefered real Martial Artist to come and play the roles. Aside from all of this it was pretty good. I like it when Chinese and Korean people work together to make a movie.|