'무영검' ('Shadowless Sword') Production Meeting Report (with Video)

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Martial Arts Fantasy '무영검' ('Shadowless Sword') had a production meeting on September 26 at Hilton Hotel in Seoul, to celebrate the end of its 5 month long shoot in China, and announce the films' release for November 18. Yoon So-Yi even had a martial arts showcase which impressed the press with her flexibility and able moves (which you can see in the clip below). This is the second film from director Kim Young-Joon, after his 2000 debut '비천무' ('Bichunmoo'), its 6.4 Billion Won budget was partly funded by New Line Cinema, and it's also the first to be set in the Balhae period (渤海, AD 698~926).

YTN Report (Clips from the Production Meeting, Clips From The Film) (Downloadable, 6.8mb, Windows Media)

The cast and director answered a few questions regarding the film:

Press: Compared to 'Bichunmoo', what kind of film is 'Shadowless Sword'?
Director Kim Young-Joon: Back when we started shooting 'Bichunmoo', we didn't have enough time, and there were a lot of trial and errors because Martial Arts films in Korea had basically become extinct in the last 20 years. After finishing 'Bichunmoo', I took what I learned there, rested a little, and after 6 months I went right into another Martial Arts film. This time I really wanted to do it well, the way I prepared for, so it was a really nice chance for me.

Press: Introduce your characters, and the reason why you chose this film.

Lee Seo-Jin: It's a character who experiences many changes, and requires a wide range of acting. At the beginning he's a man who can't fight so he runs away to save himself, but later he helps Balhae rise again. That was a really beautiful aspect about the character.
Yoon So-Yi: The fact that, unlike in other Martial Arts Films, it's actually a woman protecting men was really appealing, so it was a quick approval for me. My character's goal is to simply protect Lee Seo-Jin's character as an absolute Martial Arts master. I followed the example of many Hong Kong films were women play characters who have strong masculine traits (and even pretend to be men). A good example would be Anita Mui in '東方三俠' ('The Heroic Trio').
Lee Gi-Yong: Just like her, I liked the idea of a woman becoming a man's bodyguard. She Faithfully looks after Shin Hyun-Joon's character, and would do everything for him.

Shin Hyun-Joon: Finally going to work on one of my best and closest friends, director Kim's follow up to 'Bichunmoo' after a long 4 years of waiting made me happy, more than anything else. Of course my character is a villain in terms of characterization, but I didn't think that way. After all, he's a man of and for Balhae.

Press: What are the differences between Korean and Chinese 武俠 (Wuxia, Chivalrous Martial Arts)?
Kim: Chinese people are familiar with Beijing Opera, its exaggerated motions and its culture, so it's inevitable that no matter how exaggerated the Wuxia is, they enjoy that. In contrast, Korean viewers prefer realistic acting, even though personally I think it's silly to think of making realistic Wuxia. Wuxia is fantasy, so it's impossible not to exaggerate it, and on top of that I think viewers find a sense of catharsis through that exaggeration. Of course we made the action a little more realistic compared to Chinese films, and we worked hard to preserve its tragic beauty.

Via Chosun Ilbo

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Todd BrownSeptember 28, 2005 1:41 AM

Mmm. Flexibility.

anonSeptember 28, 2005 5:03 AM

heh, that's not too hard when you're barely 20 yrs old ;)

xSeptember 28, 2005 6:01 AM

Mmmh... 'hard' 'flexibility' '20 years old' and 'Yoon So'Yi' in the same page.

Need Cold shower...

mrmarzoSeptember 28, 2005 6:58 AM

she's so hot right now

PayaoJune 5, 2006 7:34 PM

I have waited for to see this movie but it's not available in Bangkok , Thailand. I like to see the period movies of Korean Movie.

Last Period Korean Movie that I saw is Damo which I like Lee-Seo-Jun from this movie. And I have ever seen the movie of Yoo So Yi.

When they acted together ,so I would like to see this .

kyngAugust 23, 2006 4:34 PM

Yoon so yi,..a love I shall always remember!..after wathing.many things in life.."yoon so yi"..gives a sprit thats (highly posessive

..in nature)..In me she has shown..a detailed description ..of the "love I look to be one with"..for all eternity..indeed..a "Crown Of Grace"..shall always remaine above her head"..and Because..of lifes "Creator"..I am in Love with the sprit.and that of "Yoon so yi"..a time shall come under the heavens were "yoon so yi" & I(kyng)..shall meet!,and in that day so shall their be an understanding..and we shall agree one with another..a place in my heart shall always be covered by that "sprit of love"..

I hononr the fact that this 'site'..has been made and for me to find..to leave this message..In hope and in pray that the love(yoon so yi) recieves it..peace

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elias dasOctober 5, 2006 12:56 AM

i love u my dear sooooooooooooooo much.. i ve seen you in "SHADOWLESS SWORD" you have done a great JOB in that movie.. keep it up!!

i love u sooo much dear

noudreeOctober 10, 2006 2:24 PM

hi so yi just wanna let you know that you are a good acter love your new friend noudree

ari prasetyoApril 8, 2007 5:30 PM

i love this movie,because soha very beautyful
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