Shadowless Sword

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Shadowless Sword
Shadowless Sword movie poster.jpg
Shadowless Sword movie poster
Revised Romanization Muyeonggeom
McCune–Reischauer Muyŏnggŏm
Directed by Kim Young-jun
Produced by Park Soo-yun
Jung Tae-won
Written by Kim Tae-kwan
Shin Joon-hee
Starring Lee Seo-jin
Yoon So-yi
Shin Hyun-joon
Music by Kim Jun-seong
Cinematography Seo Geun-hee
Edited by Nam Na-yeong
Distributed by CJ Entertainment
Release date
  • November 18, 2005 (2005-11-18)
Running time
104 minutes
Country South Korea
Language Korean
Box office $3,763,375[1]

Shadowless Sword (Hangul무영검; Hanja無影劍; RRMuyeonggeom) is a 2005 South Korean film starring Lee Seo-jin, Yoon So-yi, and Shin Hyun-joon.[2] A martial arts epic filmed in China, the film follows the exploits of the last prince of the Balhae Kingdom, who hides his identity in a small village until he is called to battle invaders from Khitan.[3] It was released in North America, the United Kingdom and Ireland by New Line Cinema on DVD as The Legend of the Shadowless Sword.


The film is set after the fall of Sanggyeong, the capital of Balhae in 926. Dongdan Kingdom dispatches the Chucksaldan (a.k.a. Killer Blade Army) to find and kill the last remaining member of the Balhae royal family, exiled prince Jeong-hyun, to prevent the possible reconstruction of Balhae. Prime Minister Lim Sun-ji, on the other hand, sends a young, talented swordswoman, Yeon So-ha, to find Prince Jeong-hyun first and bring him back safely. Jeong-hyun, however, is reluctant to come and fight for the throne, still bitter about his unfair exile. The rest of the movie follows So-ha and Jeong-hyun's journey as they fight their way back to the capital, fall in love and whether or not Jeong-hyun manages to reconstruct the fallen kingdom of Balhae.

Cast and characters[edit]

  • Lee Seo-jin as Dae Jeong-hyun, the last prince of Balhae
When Dae Soo-hyun, the last member of the royal family is killed by the Chucksaldan, the prime minister of Balhae Lim Sun-ji is reminded of one person in a full of mournful atmosphere. Dae Jeong-hyun, the last prince of Balhae who has been forgotten from people's memory since he was involved in the political strife of the royal family and condemned to exile 14 years ago. Now he is the only hope.
  • Yoon So-yi as Yeon So-ha, the best warrior of Balhae
Yeon So-ha with an image of graceful and straight figure is the best woman warrior of Palhae, who always carries a shadowless sword (Mooyounggeom) and shows excellent skill in swordsmanship. She takes up the task of bringing Daejeonghyun to the camp safely in order to make him a king of Balhae.
Gun Hwa-pyung was the son of a Balhae general/official who was executed by Ae of Balhae, who was the last king of Balhae. Gun Hwa-pyung somehow survived the execution and defected to the rising Khitan. He and several other Balhae defectors gathered together to form the Chuk Ssal Dan. He and this organization were under the control of a governor of the Dongdan. Hwa-pyung vowed revenge on the Balhae Royal Family for destroying he and his father's family name and status. He secretly plotted to kill off all of the royal family members, betray his master, and put himself on the former Balhae throne as king of a new kingdom. This plan does not seem to work out for him, as he finds that the last prince of Balhae has some secrets of his own to share.

Extended cast[edit]

  • Lee Ki-yong as Mae Yung-ok
  • Jo Won-hee as Jo Chun-soo
  • Park Sung-woong
  • Lee Han-sol as Dan Yang-soo
  • Jeong Ho-bin
  • Jin Bong-jin
  • Kim Seo-hyeon
  • Jo Yeon-ho
  • Lee Sang-hong
  • Kim Gyeong-ryong
  • Park Su-yong
  • Han Gang-ho
  • Nam Ji-hyun as young Yeon So-ha
  • Baek Shin
  • Lee Jang-hyeon
  • Choi Yeong-gyun
  • Lee Su-yong
  • Bae Sang-cheol
  • Im Se-jin
  • Kang Yeong-gu
  • Baek Ji-yeol
  • Choi Ji-woo (cameo)
  • Hwang In-seong
  • Kim Su-ro (cameo)
  • Jeong Jun-ha (cameo)
  • Park Chan-dea
  • Lee Han-gal


  1. ^ "Muyeong geom (A Shadowless Sworld) (2005)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2013-03-25.
  2. ^ "무영검 (Shadowless Sword) Production Meeting Report". Twitch Film. 27 September 2005. Retrieved 2013-03-25. 
  3. ^ "Shadowless Sword Delivers Formulaic Fun". The Chosun Ilbo. 18 November 2005. Retrieved 2013-03-25. 

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