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April 2, 2020


Korean Exhibitors To Receive Government Support As March Box Office Hits Record Low


By Nancy Tartaglione Deadline.com


Support measures for exhibitors in Korea were unveiled this week, which include seeing them exempted from paying into the national movie development fund as one of the world’s biggest markets suffers cinema closures and all-time box office lows amid the coronavirus crisis.


Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Hong Nam-ki announced the moves on Wednesday, according to local reports, saying the exemption will be applied retroactively from February, just after China pulled its Lunar New Year releases, which had a knock-on effect in the region.

Similar to France and other offshore markets, Korea enforces a tax on ticket sales that goes into a centralized fund. In Korea’s case, the 3% levy has annually averaged about $44M since 2016.

(There have been some conflicting reports as to whether the Korean government’s position on the tax is a deferment or an exemption, however, according to the Yonhap News Agency, which reported that response to the measures has been mixed.)


Admissions for March were 1.83M, the lowest ever since KOFIC began compiling box office data in 2004. Box office revenue in March 2020 was down 88% on 2019, at $12.4M. Korea in 2019 was the world’s 5th biggest market with a strong local business. This year so far it is in 8th place. Last week, CGV and Megabox began shuttering cinemas.


Overall, Korea is off 56% in local currency versus 2019 in the first three months of 2020, according to comScore. A recent S&P Global Market Intelligence and OPUSData report said that Asia Pacific box office revenues fell 85% year on year in January and February this year.


The Korea Herald reports that the government also said it would contribute to marketing costs for 20 films that had been set to release in the first quarter, but were delayed due to the coronavirus. It will also provide funds to help another 20 titles get back into production and will assist in vocational training for film industry workers who have lost their jobs. The newspaper further said shooting on disaster pic Emergency Declaration, starring Parasite’s Song Kang-ho and The Man Standing Next’s Lee Byung-hun, has been postponed, among other titles.


From the IG of child actor, Kim Seo Joon who auditioned for a part in the movie


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April 6, 2020


Exclusive Casting

Song Kang Ho, Lee Byung Hun, Jeon Do Yeon, Kim Nam Gil & Im Si Wan: High expectation for EMERGENCY DECLARATION


Source:  STARNEWS (Google-translate) // K-Drama News! @kdrama_news




The casting of Director Han Jae Rim's new 'Emergency Declaration' is being completed with a studded lineup that is hard to see in Korean films.


According to the film industry on the 6th, Im Si Wan recently decided to appear in the 'Emergency Declaration' and is proceeding with the production details. 'Emergency Declaration' is a film based on the aviation disaster, a Korean-style blockbuster with a production cost of over 20 billion won.


In the initial stage of 'Emergency Declaration', actors Song Kang Ho and Lee Byung Hun have confirmed to appear with interest in the planning scenario quickly garnering attention & focus within and around the Korean film industry. Song Kang Ho and Lee Byung Hun, the Korean movie top stars who are recognized around the world beyond Korea, will collaborate again with the 'Emergency Declaration', after their hit movies 'Joint Security Area JSA', and 'The Good, The Bad and The Weird'.


Cast later was Cannes best actress Jeon Do Yeon who confirmed to join, and recently, Kim Nam Gil also joined the 'Emergency Declaration' and these addition have further attracted fans' hot interest. 


While the devastating pandemic Covid-19 is causing setbacks in various movie filming and other activities, the production of 'Emergency Declaration' is being prepared gradually. Indeed, attention is drawn from the production of whether the 'Emergency Declaration', with acting powerhouse and star-studded lineup of Song Kang Ho, Lee Byung Hun, Jeon Do Yeon, Kim Nam Gil and Im Si Wan, will bring vitality back to the Korean film industry.


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Hope this happens for Siwan and the movie will be able to start filming in May. All the Best! fight.gif


April 6, 2020


Im Siwan In Talks To Join Song Kang Ho, Lee Byung Hun, And More In Upcoming Film

Source: Soompi by J. Lim


Im Siwan In Talks To Join Song Kang Ho, Lee Byung Hun, And More In Upcoming Film


We may be seeing Im Siwan in an upcoming film!


On April 6, it was reported that Im Siwan is set to appear in the film “Declaration of Emergency” (literal title).


A source from his agency Plum A&C responded to the reports and stated, “It’s true that Im Siwan has been offered the script to the film ‘Declaration of Emergency.’ However, he is still in the stages of looking over the offer and nothing has been decided yet.”


“Declaration of Emergency” will be a new film from “The Face Reader” and “The King” director Han Jae Rim, and is set to be based around an aviation disaster. If Im Siwan accepts the role, he will be joining Song Kang Ho and Lee Byung Hun, who have been confirmed for the cast. Jeon Do Yeon is also listed as a cast member, though her agency has not confirmed the casting, and Kim Nam Gil is also in talks to join.


The film was originally set to begin filming in March but the schedule has been delayed due to the spread of COVID-19.


Stay tuned for more updates!


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searchdoc.gif Im Shi Wan Join A-List Disaster Movie Emergency Declaration with Song Kang Ho, Lee Byung Heon, Jeon Do Yeon and Kim Nam Gil


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April 8, 2020


Delayed film productions mess up top actors' schedules


Source: The Korea Times


Actor Lee Byung-hun. Courtesy of Warner Bros. Korea
Actor Lee Byung-hun. Courtesy of Warner Bros. Korea


As the South Korean film industry has been battered by the coronavirus pandemic for months, top actors' upcoming projects have been affected by delayed productions and release schedules.


More than 50 domestic and foreign films have put off or canceled their premieres slated for the first half of this year since the number of COVID-19 cases started to rise sharply in mid-February.


The number of daily moviegoers plunged to a record low of 15,000 this week, compared with some 320,000 admissions on weekdays in January and 200,000 in February.


South Korean filmmakers and studios have postponed their shooting plans, including overseas schedules, due to fears over the novel coronavirus and worldwide travel bans.


As a result, cast members have had to rearrange their schedules for upcoming movies and dramas.


Lee Byung-hun, one of the most acclaimed actors in the South Korean entertainment scene, has a tight schedule this year, as he is poised to star in a film and a TV drama.

He was cast for a lead role in the disaster action movie "Emergency Declaration," along with Song Kang-ho and Jeon Do-yeon. Directed by Han Jae-rim, the all-star cast film is in pre-production, but its shooting has been delayed for about a month.


It will likely affect his upcoming TV drama "Here," written by star screenwriter Noh Hee-kyung, slated for later this year. The drama, set to air on cable channel JTBC, marks Lee's return to the small screen since "Mr. Sunshine" (2018).


Hwang Jung-min, one of the highest-grossing actors in South Korea with many box office hits, including "Ode to My Father" (2014), was to appear in the film "Negotiations" with Hyun Bin and the movie "Kidnapping" with Ha Jung-woo before continuing with dramas, including "Suriname" and "Hush" in the latter half of the year.


But the producers of "Negotiations" decided to put off the film's overseas schedule in Jordan and to go on shooting in South Korea instead. The filming of "Kidnapping" has also been put on hold indefinitely.


Unless the production of these films finishes as scheduled within the first half of the year, Hwang's drama appearances may be affected.


Actor Song Joong-ki is also in a quandary over his next project.


He returned to South Korea from Columbia in late March after wrapping up the filming of the movie "Bogota" earlier than scheduled due to the spread of the coronavirus in the South American region.


The delayed schedule of "Bogota" will likely have an impact on Song's decision on whether to take on the biographical movie "The Season of Us." (Yonhap)

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There’s an article on Cine21 with some details.  


Song Kang-ho, Lee Byung-hun, Jeon Do-yeon, Kim Nam-gil's first aviation disaster movie 'Emergency Declaration'


Written by Kim Sunghoon | 2020-04-17

Five hints for 2020 Korean Cinema Big Project 'Emergency Declaration'


Song Kang-ho, Lee Byung-hun, Jeon Do-yeon and Kim Nam-gil. Actors who are hard to get together meet in one piece. As they’re known to appear in the new work <Emergency Declaration> by Han Jae-rim who directed <The Face Reader> (2013) and <The King> (2016), <Emergency Declaration> attracted attention both inside and outside the film industry even before the filming began. This work is known only as an "air disaster film". If it is a disaster film made by director Han Jae-rim, who is sensitive to political and social sensibility, it is unlikely that the disaster will be exhibited. The solo interview of director Han Jae-rim in <Cine21> 1252 gave some clues on <Emergency Declaration>. For more information on the <Emergency Declaration>, see <Cine 21> 1252, Cine interview 'Aeronautical Disaster Movie is Coming'.

Hint 1. This is a disaster movie where a crisis situation occurs on an airplane.

In the interview, director Han Jae-rim talked about the plot of the film. He explained “If you talk in details even before the filming begins, the audience may develop prejudice, which may make it difficult for them to fully enjoy the movie”. The details cannot be revealed yet, but <Emergency Declaration> is a disaster on and off the plane. This is a story about a crisis in a plane in the sky, and people on a plane trying to overcome the crisis when they cannot go outside. “Everyone is in a disaster,” said director Han Jae-rim. Some are watching the disaster. "The film also asks how to deal with disasters and how to accept them."

Hint 2. Song Kang-ho leads the center of the play.

<Emergency Declaration> seems to be more of a group play where the leading actors appear together than a form where one or two leads the narratives from beginning to the end. Director Han Jae-rim, without denying this, hinted that "the role that leads the play in the center of the narrative is the character played by Song Kang-ho." This is their third collaboration following <The Show Must Go on> (2006) and <The Face Reader> (2013). On the other hand, Lee Byung-hun, Jeon Do-yeon, and Kim Nam-gil are faces that had never been seen in previous works of director HanJae-rim. Regarding the characters being played by the actors, diector Han Jae-rim said "I can't tell you the details yet, but it will be fun to see new aspects of the actors."

Hint 3. Director of photography Lee Mo-gae and art director Lee Mok-won joined Han Jae-rim’s new division.

The best staff from Chungmuro joined to visually show the 'aviation disaster': Director of photography Lee Mo-gae of <I Saw the Devil> (2010) <Asura> (2016) < Battleship Island> (2017) <Inrang> (2018) and art director Lee Mok-won of <Train to Busan> (2016), <Along with God> series, etc. This is the first time that they work with director Han Jae-rim.

Hint 4. A large airplane appears. 

<Emergency Declaration> is a story that takes place on a large airplane like Boeing 777. The airplane featured in <Emergency Declaration> is from a Hollywood company that sets a real airplane as a filming location and assembles it into a set.  Lee Cheol-ha‘s new film, <Okay Madame> which has not been released, was also conducted with this company. Currently, art director Lee Mok-won is working on art that fits airplanes and figures in the movie in the space where real airplanes are assembled.

Hint 5. Set shooting amount reaches 70%. 

Originally, it was scheduled to start in late March, but the crank-in was delayed dued to Corona 19.  Like other Korean films that are currently being filmed, <Emergency Declaration> is also planned to take prevention and safety measures. Director Han Jae-rim said, “Fortunately, <Emergency Declaration> has 70% of shootings on the set, so it is unlikely that there will be any problems if the crew is careful about the risk of infection.

Director Han Jae-rim


Actor Song Kang-ho

Art Director Lee Mok-won



Director of Photography Lee Mo-gae


[KOFIC] HAN Jae-rim (director)
HAN Jae-rim, born in 1975, graduated in 1998 from the Seoul Institute of the Arts before entering the Korean film industry as a screenwriter and first assistant director on <Natural City> (2003). After he and GO Yoon-hee won second place in a screenwriting contest held by KOFIC, he developed their project further and made it his debut feature, <Rules of Dating> (2005). A disturbing anti-romantic comedy, the film caused quite a stir upon its release, what with its sexually explicit language and its frank look at the dynamics in a relationship, and proved to be a surprising sleeper hit in Korea. This allowed PARK Hae-il to shake off his image of a chaste boy, and HAN to make a name in the film industry, winning several awards including Best New Director at the Grand Bell Awards and Best Screenplay at the Blue Dragon Film Awards. However, <Rules of Dating> also sparked controversy in Korea and abroad due to the positive depiction of what amounts to sexual harassment and abuse, leaving many critics and moviegoers baffled. Having come to the foreground as one of the most promising new directors, his next work <The Show Must Go On> (2006) lived up to the expectations. Starring SONG Kang-ho, the film was invited to the Zabaltegi Pearls section of the San Sebastián International Film Festival and picked up Best Film at the Blue Dragon Film Awards and the Korean Association of Film Critics’ Awards. Having failed to secure financing for his superhero film project, he returned to the big screen as one of the executive producer on ROH Deok’s break-up comedy <Very Ordinary Couple> (2012). HAN finally jumped back into the director’s chair with the period drama film <The Face Reader> (2013). Starring SONG Kang-ho, it easily outweighed the competition as it accumulated a whopping 9.1 million admissions at the local box office, and nabbed several awards, including Best Film and Best Director at the 50th Grand Bell Film Awards. Once he established his own production company Woojoo Film, he teamed up again with ROH to produce her thriller <The Exclusive : Beat the Devil’s Tattoo> (2015), before directing <The King> (2016), a crime drama led by ZO In-sung and JUNG Woo-sung.

[KOFIC] Lee Mo-gae (director of photography) 

Born in 1972, LEE Mo-gae studied photography at Chung-Ang University and went on with a Master’s degree in film from the Korea National University of Arts. He started out as a member of the film crews of famous independent movies such as LEE Chang-dong’s <A Peppermint Candy> (2000) and HONG Sang-soo’s <Virgin Stripped Bare By Her Bachelors> (2000), but was also cutting his teeth in cinematography with several short films, until KIM Jee-woon put him in charge of directing the photography of his horror film <A Tale Of Two Sisters> (2003). LEE’s talent was immediately acknowledged by the Korean Association of Film Critics with a Best Cinematography Award. He has since remained a frequent collaborator of KIM Jee-woon, with which he has signed some of his most remarkable works. <The Good, The Bad, And The Weird> (2008) earned him many awards in Korea and abroad, while <I Saw The Devil> (2010) was lauded for its striking images but also sparked a heated debate among critics and the audience over the aestheticization of violence. Over the time, he has become one of the most sought after cinematographers for Korean blockbusters, having contributed to the spectacular images seen in <Secret Reunion> (2010), <My Way> (2011), <The Tiger> (2015) and <The Battleship Island> (2017). He has most recently been praised for his depiction of a corrupted city in <Asura : The City of Madness> and received Best Cinematography from the Blue Dragon Awards.

[KOFIC] Lee Mok-won (art director) 

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April 26, 2020.


The highly confidential Korean aviation disaster movie “Emergency Declaration”  is publicised for the first time.  (a translation) 




Director Han Jae Rim (HJR) is joining hands with  Song Kang Ho, Lee Byung Hun, Jeon Do Yeon, and Kim Nam Gil, an unimaginable film lineup becomes a reality. 


The director of “The Face Reader," “The King” Han Jae Rim’s new film, “Emergency Declaration” has conducted a highly airtight security on the film.  Any story is unpredictable aside from “an aviation disaster movie”. The mysterious layer of this film became a hot topic inside and outside the film industry after the news that many leading actors such as Song Kang Ho, Lee Byung Hun, Jeon Do Yeon, Kim Nam Gil, and Im Si Wan  joined. The following interview can be a clue to understanding what kind of disaster movie "Emergency Declaration" is all about.

Q.  When was shooting supposed to start originally? 

HJR:  At the end of March. The "Emergency Declaration" is an aviation film, but the aircraft package was not shipped from the US  due to the Coronavirus epidemic.   There is a company in Hollywood that specialises in assembling and arranging the physical aircraft, and we cooperated with that company.  As the epidermic has prolonged,   the US prohibits crowd gathering.  Consequently, some of the containers with aircraft packages have not yet been shipped to South Korea.   The British company that operates the aircraft for action shooting has completed its preparation but was unable to come to South Korea due to the outbreak. Europeans are completely unable to understand the situation of South Korea, where the world's film industry is suspended, and they still insist on filming.  So I had to discontinue my cooperation with that company and choose a South Korean company to make preparations again. Such events occur in succession, affecting the start-up time. 


Q.  If you think positively, is this not the time to reorganise?

HJR:  If you make sure you have a good preparation, shooting will be much smoother.  There are not many things that can be tried in the coronavirus epidemic environment.  The United States and Great Britain did not expect the outbreak to last so long when the number of confirmed patients was small. For this reason, we had to go through many twists and turns when working with US and British companies.


Q:  “Emergency Declaration” only tells everyone that it is an aviation disaster
       movie.  In fact,  "Only Song Kang Ho and Lee Byung Hun have read the
       script?”.  What is the reason for keeping information on the movie so

HJR:  Disclosing information on the movie before its release may create misunderstanding for the fans.  Knowing the plot may reduce the emotions associated with watching the movie.   I tormented over maximising the interest of the movie.  With a lot of invested budget and a lot of preparation, and the fact that the movie cannot be released right after shooting is finished, I worked hard on security . 


Q.  I heard this project was proposed to you a long time ago.

HJR:  A dozen years ago, this is one of the projects that CJ Investment Team Leader H. S. Lee, showed me. The story is well-formed, and it would be interesting to just unravel the reasons behind it.  But for various reasons, I did not take up the project.  Afterwards, I shot  “The Face Reader”.  I decided to pick up the project again, but I did not do so.  After my last film, Y. J.  Fang  then Team Leader of CJ Investment, asked me if I wanted to come back to this project and bought the movie-based copyright at the same time. He put it aside for two years and the script was written last year. 


Q: When you mention disasters in Korean society, you will immediately think
     of the sinking of the Sewol ferry and current Coronavirus epidemic.  What
     is the opportunity to make a disaster movie?

HJR:  There will be no specific incidents in the movie.  Recently, Korean society has suffered a large or small disaster. The scenario I envisioned when I wrote the script was a bit unpleasant when it happened exactly in reality.  Because it is an aviation disaster movie, you can expect the interest brought by this theme.  But more importantly, how do people act in the face of disaster? How do fans accept their actions? In this regard, "Emergency Declaration”  is not simply a display of disasters, nor is it just a story of disasters.


Q: A major or minor disaster in Korean society has become an opportunity for you to make this movie?

HJR: This is very important, there are many disasters in modern Korea. Although the characters, types and scale of the disasters vary, but is not there always the same kind of action that people take to overcome the crisis? From this point of view, this movie is not simply a subject of consumer disaster, it includes social meaning.  In addition, I also want to convey the message "We can overcome the disaster" in the film.


Q:  Do you like the theme of disaster?

HJR:  Directors should all like a variety of themes.  Compared to disasters, "Emergency Declaration" mainly depicts the stories of people who have suffered disasters.


Q:  The title will be reminiscent of "Emergency Landing" (1954)

HJR: This is like asking the reference of the movie. If you want to ask yourself what is the attitude of the movie? I would like to answer that this is a movie with similarities to Bong Joon Ho’s “The Host”. Is it not the occurrence of monsters in the Han River a metaphor and symbol of Korean society? After the monster appeared, the cause of death of the “Gang Du " family and the current status of Korean society surfaced. The same is true of the “Emergency Declaration," which describes  the current state of Korean society surrounding disasters.


Q:  Actors Song Kang Ho, Lee Byung Hun, Jeon Do Yeon and Kim Nam Gil
      acting  together became the talk of the movie industry before filming.  
      From the point of view of the gathering of these actors, it seems closer to
      group play than this form of telling the story of one or two people from
      beginning to end.

HJR:   The character that led the plot development at the story center is Song Kang Ho sunbae.   Many people, including him, experienced disasters and overcame crises. People in disaster become weak and afraid, and the movie will show what they will do in that situation.  (Unlike the past in which the Korean government has not done its duty properly), now the government is doing a great job of coping with the new Coronavirus epidemic, the public should be proud of it.  So the movie also reflects the changes of this era.


Q: This is the third collaboration with Song Kang Ho  after “The Show Must
     Go On” and “The Face Reader”. 

HJR: He showed a variety of appearances in each of his films. Overall, he is very enthusiastic and explosive. However, in "Emergency Declaration", Song Kang Ho sunbae will show a different appearance from his previous works. He plays an elderly character who takes care of his own body, that is to say, as a character with a  shrunken role. Song Kang Ho sunbae and Lee Byung Hun sunbae are actors known by Hollywood staff to work well together.  They are both burdened and blessed.


Q: First-ever collaboration with Lee Byung Hun, Jeon Do Yeon and Kim Nam

HJR:   Although it is not yet possible to reveal the roles carefully, the film has a delightful way of showing the fresh faces of the actors.  This movie is not a story showing how disaster conditions maximise the pleasure of disaster subjects, but a story that solves problems realistically.  Using the spy theme as a metaphor, it is closer to the reality-oriented “Bourne”  film series  rather than the "007 series" that puts the quantity offensive up front.


Q. The director of photography Lee Mo Gae and I were distressed about the
      visual presentation.    

HJR:  The filming work is closely connected with the work of visual special effects (VFX), so it needs to be thoroughly prepared. The story is better suited to express strong feelings than to reveal the image based on the theme, so film is more suitable than digital . For the unique taste in the aircraft, in order to show it through the photo, I intend to use 16mm film to take out the texture. But the film processing  plant no longer exists, so I gave up the idea of using film in ”Emergency Declaration” 


Q.  The aircraft space is small, and the angle and range of camera movement
      can also be limited.

HJR:   So I told Director Lee Mo Gae to do his best to enjoy and express in a limited space.


Q.  The aircraft has a large shape


HJR:  This is a story that happened on a large aircraft similar to a Boeing 777. Art Director MW Lee who participated in “Train to Busan” and "Along with the Gods 2," is currently working on art in the airplane. The actual space needed to assemble an airplane needs to be in line with the aircraft and characters in the movie.


Q:  When does the shooting start?

HJR:   The goal is to start shooting in May at the latest. There are still a few aircraft packages that have not been received, and I plan to start filming when they arrive.   Just like the Korean movies being filmed now, we will pay attention to epidemic prevention when shooting. Fortunately, the 70% of "Emergency Declaration" will be shot in the studio.  As long as the cast members pay attention to the risk of infection, there should not be any major problems.

Source:  https://www.weibo.com/ttarticle/p/show?id=2309404496595314933844




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‘Emergency Declaration’ Completes a Jaw-Dropping Cast


By krishkim 


The new film Emergency Declaration (literal translation) completed its dream cast, including Song Kang Ho, Lee Byung Hun, Jeon Do Yeon, Kim Nam Gil, Lim Si Wan, Kim So Jin and Park Hae Joon.


Song Kang-ho 송강호, Lee Byung-hun 이병헌, Jeon Do-yeon 전도연
Kim Nam-gil 김남길, Im Si-wan 임시완, Kim So-jin 김소진, Park Hae-joon 박해준 | image: Cine21


Emergency Declaration is an aviation disaster film about a plane that declared an emergency landing amid an unprecedented disaster.


Emergency Declaration received favorable responses from movie fans since the early preparation stage with the fact that it is the first aviation disaster film being produced in Korea. Now, with the jaw-dropping cast that includes multiple top stars, the movie is once again making headlines.


Song Kang Ho, who gained much attention with Parasite, plays the role of a detective chasing after an unprecedented aviation disaster. Lee Byung Hun plays a father who got on a plane for his daughter despite his phobia. Jeon Do Yeon is expected to make yet another transformation into a minister, who is facing an emergency. Kim Nam Gil plays the flight’s first officer.


Lim Si Wan will play the role of a passenger who boarded the plane alone, whereas Kim So Jin will take on the role of a flight attendant. Park Hae Joon, who is currently starring in the hottest drama The World of the Married, will become the head of the Crisis Management Center at the Blue House, striving to resolve the unprecedented emergency.


Emergency Declaration will be directed by Han Jae Rim, who has attracted the audience with stylish directing and solid stories through Rules Of Dating (2005), The Show Must Go On (2007), The Face Reader (2013), and The King (2017)


The “emergency declaration” is an aviation term meaning a state of emergency if and when planes are no longer able to operate normally by the captain’s judgment in the midst of disaster. The film is scheduled to start filming in May.



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Song Kang-ho, Lee Byung-hun to star in plane disaster blockbuster

By Choi Ji-won | May 12, 2020



(From left) Song Kang-ho (Courtesy of the actor), Lee Byung-hun (BH Entertainment) and Jeon Do-yeon (Soop Entertainment)

A much-hyped aviation disaster film has confirmed its full cast lineup, featuring some of the biggest names in Korean cinema today.

Next Entertainment World, the distributor of “Emergency Declaration,” announced the full cast of actors Tuesday and said shooting is to begin this month. 

The blockbuster is helmed by director Han Jae-rim of “The Show Must Go On” (2007) and “The Face Reader” (2013).

Actors Song Kang-ho of this year’s top Oscar winner “Parasite” and Lee Byung-hun will be joined by Cannes-winning actress Jeon Do-yeon. Song has been cast in the role of a detective investigating a catastrophic plane disaster, while Lee will play a father with a fear of flying trying to protect his daughter amid the chaos. Jeon, known for her lead roles in drama and romance films, will play the role of a government official in charge of managing the crisis.



(From left) Kim Nam-gil (CJes Entertainment), Im Si-wan (Plum A&C), Kim So-jin (LG Arts Center) and Park Hae-jun (PLEO ent)

Actor Kim Nam-gil, who recently appeared in horror flick “The Closet,” will play another key character, the first officer of the aircraft in trouble. Kim will be joined by singer and actor Im Si-wan, who rose to the limelight in tvN series “Misaeng” (2014), and Park Hae-jun, currently starring in JTBC’s “The World of the Married.”

Actress Kim So-jin of Han’s previous film “The King” is also among the cast. Kim, who received critical acclaim for her part in the 2017 film, also starred in “The Man Standing Next,” released in January. 

The title of “Emergency Declaration” comes from the aviation term used to declare an unplanned landing under abnormal circumstances. The first Korean air-disaster flick will be packed with suspenseful action scenes as the characters struggle to survive inside the falling plane, according to NEW.

By Choi Ji-won  (jwc@heraldcorp.com)

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‘Emergency Declaration’ cast participated in Thanks Challenge


Thanks Challenge is an encouraging campaign wherein participants post on SNS photos and videos with the sign-language gesture expressing "respect" and pride in medical workers who are fighting against the Covid-19 pandemic.



Lee Byung-hun (invited by Lee Min-jung) | Image from official instagram account 



Jeon Do-yeon (invited by Kim Nam-gil) | image from.SOOP Instagram 


Kim Nam-Gil (invited by Jung Woo-sung.  Asked #JeonDoYeon #BaeSungWoo #KimSungKyun # LeeHaNee to continue) | image from Cjes.tagram





Im Siwan (invited by Kang Sora; asked Yeo Jin-goo and Claudia Kim to continue) | Image from official instagram account 



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Movies with luxury cast - filming in March, April, May [images: MaxMovie]

Emergency Declaration 


Director: Han Jae-rim (Rules of Dating, The Show Must Go on, The Face Reader, The King)

Cast: Song Kang-ho, Lee Byung-hun, Jeon Do-yeon, Kim Nam-gil, Im Si-wan, Kim So-jin, Park Hae-joon 

Filming: May to October




Director: Choi Dong-hoon (The Big Swindle, Tazza: The High Rollers, Woochi, The Thieves, Assassination)

Cast: Ryu Jun-yeol, Kim Tae-ri, Kim Woo-bin, Jo Woo-jin, Kim Eui-sung, Lee Ha-nee, Yum Jung-ah, So Ji-sub, Yoo Jae-myung
Filming: March 2020 to February 2021 (2 parts are filmed simultaneously)
Dubbed as "Korean Avengers" of director Choi Dong-hoon is an alien-themed science fiction work revolving around the travel through space and time between the present and the Joseon dynasty. The film will be produced in 2 parts similar to "Along with the Gods" series.






Director: Kim Tae-yong (Family Ties, Late Autumn)

Cast: Jung Yu-mi, Choi Woo-shik, Suzy, Park Bo-gum, Tang Wei, Gong Yoo

Filming: April to mid-July or beginning of August 





KOFIC ensures clean cinemas, filming locations



By Choi Ji-won | May 14, 2020 | http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20200514000794

The Korean government agency for the film industry sought to assure the public of safety inside cinemas and at filming locations, and promised measures to support the industry suffering from the prolonged spread of the novel coronavirus outbreak.


The Korean Film Council on Wednesday said it is operating a special safety management committee of health experts and members of the film industry to draw up new guidelines to be applied at the film scene in accordance with the government’s eased social distancing regulations last week.


“The key (in prevention) is for the healthy cinemagoers to protect themselves from the source of infection, and to prepare a responsive system to prevent a mass infection case where an infected person appears in the theaters,” Kim Hyae-joon, head of KOFIC’s COVID-19 task force and a member of the committee, said during a press conference Wednesday. 


Experts from the committee stressed that as long as uninfected people have their masks on at all times, stay distanced from others when seated and do not eat or drink inside cinemas, then theaters will be safe from infection. 


“Although the heating and air-conditioning systems vary according to each cinema, theaters themselves are mostly spacious, so there is less chance that people will be infected through close contact,” said Tak Sang-woo, a committee member and a research associate professor at the Institute of Health and Environment at Seoul National University.


Cinema operators must make sure that people maintain distance from each other while seated in the cinemas and ventilate the space and sanitize seats in between every screening session. Cinemas that have been maintained according to the guidelines will be given a “Clean Zone” mark by the committee starting this week. 

The committee further stated that films shooting both indoors and outdoors could proceed if participants strictly followed rules. The studios must have a supervisor overseeing the health of the staff and all participants will be provided with a self-check health sheet. Those who are quarantined after showing symptoms will be given suspension allowance and KOFIC plans to request public locations, currently reluctant toward shooting, to cooperate for those studios complying to the safety measures.


Meanwhile, KOFIC’s reassurance comes as the film industry, one of the hardest-hit industries by the COVID-19 outbreak, faces another wave of depression following the recent emergence of a cluster of infections from Itaewon clubs and bars. 


By Choi Ji-won (jwc@heraldcorp.com)



Korea Film Council vows to ensure safe environment for film industry


May 13, 2020 | http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20200513000930


South Korea's film industry governing body said Wednesday it will do its best to keep local theaters and filming sites safe from exposure to the novel coronavirus.


The Korean Film Council said it has set up a special safety management committee, consisting of health experts and film employees, to oversee the implementation of quarantine rules in accordance with eased social distancing in the cinematic scene.


"Our goal is to help healthy people protect themselves from possible virus infection in theaters and to establish a responsive system to prevent mass infection if a potential patient comes to the cinema," said Kim Hyae-joon from the nine-member KOFIC committee.


According to basic precautionary guidelines, moviegoers should go through temperature checks at entrances, have seats at an adequate distance from one another and wear face masks.


Cinema operators have to ventilate and disinfect the space after every movie screening and ensure that people maintain a safe distance when entering and exiting theaters. Their employees are also required to comply with quarantine rules, such as taking days off if they have a fever or cough and washing their hands frequently.


At the same time, the committee has come up with similar preventive measures to protect film crews and actors at filming locations. For instance, film studios have to prepare temperature screening equipment and review their measures if one of their employees show coronavirus-related symptoms.


The committee said outdoor shooting schedules will be as safe as professional sports like baseball and football, which kicked off without spectators last week, if all participants comply with the rules.


The film industry is one of the worst-hit sectors amid the coronavirus pandemic in South Korea, as people have been asked to stay home and avoid mass gatherings.


The monthly number of viewers hit 972,000 for April, marking the first time the figure fell below the 1-million threshold since box office data was first compiled in 2004.


The South Korean government has planned to inject 17 billion won ($13.8 million) into the film industry as part of emergency plans to rescue the sector.


The country relaxed intensive social distancing last week, as the country's daily new COVID-19 cases had remained around 10 for weeks. But recent cluster infections related to clubs in Seoul have heightened vigilance against the virus. (Yonhap)



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May 25: prayer ceremony in Gangnam district (Seoul)

May 30: filming will officially start 


Note: Before a movie/drama begins filming, a prayer ceremony is usually held to wish for good fortune and safety.





The Lineup of “Declaration of Emergency” Movie is Crazy!

Original link: Instiz


1.Heol! WTH?…. What kind of line-up is this?

2.Im Siwan is really handsome!

3.Is this “Declaration of Emergency”? It looks like it’s gonna be so much fun!

4.Woah.. Song Kang Ho, Lee Byung Hun, Jeon Do Yeon, Kim Nam Gil, Park Hae Joon and Im Si Wan in the same movie!

5.They’re all gonna be in the same movie? Daebak!

6.This line-up is seriously amazing!

7.Woah… This line-up can only be seen at the award ceremonies…. That’s seriously amazing

8.Woah.. Kim Nam Gil is coming out, I need to watch this!

9.Heol! Siwan-ahㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠ

10.I want to see this movie because of Kim Nam Gil and Lee Byung Hun

11.Woah! Kim Nam gil, Im Si Wan, Park Hae Joon! I really wanna see this combination…

12.Woah, sounds fun! I want to watch this at a movie theaterㅠㅠ

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Actor Lee Byung-hun and Actress Jeon Do-yeon has sent a Fruit Tea and Coffee Tea respectively at the filming location of movie "Emergency Declaration". 


Actor LBH with the message that reads, "To all staffs and Actors of Emergency Declaration, I hope you all be safe and healthy during the filming." :wub:


We've finally completed the casting news, now it's time for talking about coffee and food trucks for few months.:P Good luck to the team of Movie Emergency Declaration. Hope they can film safely and also stay safe during this hard times.:heart:




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Cannes virtual market: hot titles from South Korea

BY JEAN NOH | 16 JUNE 2020



With the Parasite phenomenon still fresh in everyone’s minds and Train To Busan follow-up (and Cannes 2020 selection) Peninsula already a sellout title around the world, Korea’s sales agents are feeling buoyant heading into the virtual Marche du Film with a host of new films available to buyers.


Beyond The Mountain

Dir. Choi Jong-tae
Based on the childhood of the late Catholic cardinal Stephen Kim Sou-hwan (aka Soonhan), this dramatised biographical film stars child actor Lee Kyung-hun, Lee Hang-na (Fourth Place) and An Nae-sang (Killed My Wife). Director Choi (Fly Daddy Fly) follows Soonhan – who was born in 1922 and whose grandfather was martyred in the 1860s for his faith when Catholicism was prohibited in Korea – as an eight year old living in poverty with his family. Although his mother wants both of her sons to grow up to be priests, Soonhan chooses not to go to church one Sunday and instead embarks on a journey beyond the hill that has so far marked the edge of his world.
Contact: Vicky Lim, Little Big Pictures vicky@little-big.co.kr 


Deliver Us From Evil






Dir. Hong Won-chan
From the director of Office, which premiered in Cannes 2015’s Midnight section, Hong’s crime action film stars Hwang Jung-min (Veteran), Lee Jung-jae (Assassination) and Park Jung-min (Time To Hunt). When a former black ops agent-turned-mercenary (Hwang) finds out a young girl’s kidnapping in Thailand is closely connected to him, he flies there to track her down with the help of expat Yui (Park), while being pursued by a relentless killer (Lee) who is out for vengeance against him. Currently in post-production, the film is aiming for an August release locally, depending on the Covid-19 situation.
Contact: CJ Entertainment filmsales@cj.net


Emergency Declaration

Dir. Han Jae-rim
The director of local hits such as The King and The Face Reader, Han’s disaster film portrays what happens when an airplane is forced to declare an emergency landing after an astonishing incident occurs mid-flight. The film stars Parasite lead Song Kang-ho, Lee Byung-hun (The Man Standing Next), Jeon Do-yeon (The Housemaid), Kim Nam-gil (Memoir Of A Murderer), Yim Si-wan (The Merciless), Kim So-jin (The Spy Gone North) and Park Hae-jun (Bring Me Home). It is currently in production, having started shooting on May 30.
Contact: Showbox sales@showbox.co.kr








Dir. Jéro Yun
Yun’s North Korean refugee drama Beautiful Days opened the Busan International Film Festival last year. His new film explores similar themes as it follows Jina, a new refugee from the North who faces discrimination as she tries to earn money to bring her father to the South, too. Her life changes when she gets a cleaning job at a boxing gym and is introduced to the world of the young, confident female boxers who train there. Lim Seong-mi (My Punch-Drunk Boxer) and Baek Seo-bin (Dad Is Pretty) star.
Contact: M-Line Distribution sales@mline-distribution.com



Dir. JK Youn
Youn, the director of local hits including Ode To My Father and Haeundae, has adapted this Korean stage musical about an independence activist and his comrades-in-arms as they fight for freedom against the Japanese in the early 1900s – and what happens when he devises a bold plan to assassinate Japanese general Ito Hirobumi, who plans to fully annex the peninsula. Based on historic events, the film stars Chung Sung Hwa from the original stage version, Kim Go-eun (Coin Locker Girl) and Na Moon-hee (I Can Speak) and is currently in post-production.
Contact: CJ Entertainment filmsales@cj.net


Heaven: To The Land Of Happiness






Dir. Im Sang-soo
Selected for the Cannes 2020 official selection in ‘The Faithful’ category, The Housemaid director Im’s latest is a humorous drama starring Choi Min-sik (Old Boy) and Park Hae-il (The Host) – both stars who would have been returning to the Croisette as well as the director. Park plays a character called Nam-sik, who goes from hospital to hospital stealing the medicine he can’t afford to treat his terminal illness, while Choi plays “203”, a man in prison for embezzlement who finds out he has less than two weeks to live. When 203 makes a run for it, Nam-sik joins him on a final search for happiness.
Contact: Finecut cineinfo@finecut.co.kr



Hostage: Missing Celebrity






Dir. Pil Gam-sung
This thriller features Hwang Jung-min – the Korean A-lister who has fronted local hits such as Ode To My Father and Veteran – as a Korean movie star of the same name who is kidnapped following a VIP film premiere. At first he thinks it’s a prank, but the kidnappers’ cruelty and brutality – more extreme than anything he’s seen in the movies – quickly convince him otherwise and he desperately tries to find a way out as they demand a huge ransom within 24 hours. Produced by Filmmakers R&K (Veteran), Pil’s feature debut is currently in post-production.
Contact: Contents Panda sales@its-new.co.kr


Josée (working title)

Dir. Kim Jong-kwan
A Korean remake of Inudo Isshin’s 2003 Japanese cult film Josée, The Tiger And The Fish, this story of a lonely youth who has a once-in-a-lifetime romance with a physically challenged woman stars Han Ji-min (The Age Of Shadows) and Nam Joo-hyuk (The Great Battle). Produced by Wol Media and backed by Warner Bros Korea, the film is currently in post-production.
Contact: K-Movie Entertainment sales@kmovieenter.com


Love And Busking






Dirs. Bobby Choy, Steve Lee
Korean-American singer/songwriter Bobby Choy (aka Big Phony) portrays himself in this musical drama, following his journey as a first-generation New Yorker who feels like a stranger in the country he was born in. After his father’s death, he starts writing melancholy indie-folk songs but he doesn’t really discover a place for himself until he visits the country where his parents came from. Revamped from 2018’s Fiction And Other Realities, the film is planned for local release in Q4 2020.
Contact: Jason Chae, Mirovision/Studio Bonanza jason@mirovision.com


Seobok (working title)

Dir. Lee Yong-zoo
Lee’s sci-fi thriller stars Gong Yoo (Train To Busan) and Park Bo-gum (TV’s Reply 1988) in the story of a former secret agent who reluctantly comes out of retirement to transfer the world’s first cloned man to a safe location while ruthless groups with conflicting agendas try to chase them down. The film is currently in post-production.
Contact: CJ Entertainment filmsales@cj.net


Voice Of Silence






Dir. Hong Eui-jeong
This crime drama stars Yoo Ah-in (Burning, Veteran) and You Chea-myung (aka Yu Jae-myeong from Bring Me Home) as two crime-scene cleaners – one of whom has lost his voice – who unexpectedly get tasked with looking after an 11-year-old girl who’s a kidnap victim. Produced by Lewis Pictures (Okja), Broedmachine and Broccoli Pictures, the film is director Hong’s feature debut and is currently in post-production for local release later this year.

Contact: Contents Panda sales@its-new.co.kr


Yaksha: Ruthless Operations






Dir. Na Hyun
This spy thriller from the director of The Prison stars Sul Kyung-gu (Man Of Men) and Park Hae-soo (Time To Hunt). Casting the city of Shenyang in northeast China as a silent, central battlefield of spies, it follows a notoriously merciless black-ops leader (Sul) who goes by the nickname Yaksha – after a human-devouring spirit – and the prosecutor (Park) sent to investigate him, who uncovers a mission that could shake up the entire continent.
Contact: Showbox sales@showbox.co.kr





Korean films hope to repeat Cannes success in 2020 Cannes Film Market

By Lim Jang-won | Jun 21, 2020


The 2020 Cannes Film Market, an annual marketplace where the global movie industry convenes for business opportunities, will be held online for the first time this week from Monday to Friday, featuring several Korean films attempting to follow the success of last year’s grand prize winner “Parasite” by director Bong Joon-ho.

The online film market will try to mirror the offline experience by hosting online concerts, keynote talks and over 150 events, with more than 1,200 online screenings and rights to over 2,300 films on the market, according to Cannes.



“Peninsula” (Next Entertainment World)


Among the Korean films at this year’s Cannes Film Market is “Peninsula” by South Korean director Yeon Sang-ho, one of the two Korean films that made Cannes’ 2020 Official Selection. “Peninsula,” the sequel to zombie-thriller “Train to Busan” (2016), features actors Gang Dong-won and Lee Jung-hyun, and is set four years after the zombie apocalypse took place on the Korean Peninsula.



“Heaven: To the Land of Happiness” (Hive Media Corp)


“Heaven: To the Land of Happiness” by Korean director Im Sang-soo is the other Korean film that made the 2020 Official selection. Lead actors Choi Min-sik and Park Hae-il play the role of two men who go on a journey to find happiness in their lives.

Movies featuring big name actors will be joining the two movies in the film market.

“Deliver Us from Evil” by director Hong Won-chan features Korean actors Hwang Jung-min, who plays the role of hitman In-nam, and Lee Jung-jae, playing the role of Ray who chases In-nam, thinking In-nam killed his brother. The movie is set for release in August in Korea.

Hwang also appears in director Pil Gam-sung’s “Hostage” which will also be featured at the film market. In “Hostage,” Hwang plays the role of a kidnapped star actor struggling to break free from his captives.

“Emergency Declaration” by director Han Jae-rim features “Parasite” lead actor Song Kang-ho along with several veteran actors, including Lee Byung-hun, Kim Nam-gil and Jeon Do-yeon. The movie revolves around a plane that has to make an emergency landing, causing an unprecedented crisis.

“Seobok” (working title) by Lee Yong-ju features popular actor, Gong Yoo, who plays former agent Gi-hun, and Park Bo-gum, who appears as the first ever human clone Seobok. Gi-hun and Seobok face many perils as organizations chase Seobok, who holds the key immortality.

“Josee” is a Korean remake of Japanese film “Josee, The Tiger and The Fish” (2003), and is a love story starring Han Ji-min and Nam Joo-hyuk.

“Hero” by director Yoon Je-kyoon, is a movie that captures the final year of Korean-independence activist, Ahn Jung-geun, based on Korean musical by the same title. Jung Sung-hwa, who played Ahn in the musical, was cast for the movie as well.

“Voice of Silence” by director Hong Eui-jeong featuring Yoo Ah-in, “Yaksha: Ruthless Operation” by director Na Hyun featuring Sol Kyung-gu and “Beyond the Mountain” by Choi Jung-tae starring Ahn Nae-sang are also participating in this week’s film market.


By Lim Jang-won(ljw@heraldcorp.com)

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The casts of upcoming movie Emergency Declaration Song Kang Ho, Lee Byung Hun, Jeon Do-yeon, Kim Nam-gil, Im Si-wan, Kim So-jin, Park Hae-joon and others with Director Han Jae rim at the Prayer (Gosa) ceremony of movie today. 


비상선언!!! :approves:






We can see many new casts in the picture. All them posing for pictures in mask though. :ph34r:

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Actor Song Kang Ho sent a coffee truck to show support for all actors and staff at the filming location of Emergency Declaration.:)


Looks like they are all filming separately. It's like we have team "On air" and team "On Land" there encouraging each other and showing support. Just hoping we get to see both team share the screen and interact in the movie.:sweatingbullets:







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Culture & Art Magazine (volume 64 | Oct 2019) - ‘Korean Cinema 100 Years‘


100 famous cultural artists chose Top 3 Best Film/Director/Actor/Actress of 20th and 21st Century

***Best of 20th Century***

Best Work/Film: 

Best Director:  

Best Actor:

Best Actress:



***Best of 21st Century***

Best Film: 

1. Parasite 기생충  (director: Bong Joon-ho; cast: Song Kang-ho, Lee Sun-kyun, Cho Yeo-jung, Choi Woo-shik, Park So-dam, Jang Hye-jin)
2. Memories of Murder 살인의 추억  (director: Bong Joon-ho; cast: Song Kang-ho, Kim Sang-kyung, Kim Roi-ha, Byun Hee-bong, Park Hae-il, Jeon Mi-seon)

3. Old Boy 올드보이 (director: Park Chan-wook; cast: Choi Min-shik, Yoo Ji-tae, Kang Hye-jung, Oh Dal-su, Kim Byung-ok)


Best Director:  

1. Bong Joon-ho (Memories of Murder, The Host, Mother, Parasite)
2. Park Chan-wook (JSA, Vengeance Trilogy, Thirst, The Handmaiden)
3. Lee Chang-dong (Green Fish, Peppermint Candy, Oasis, Secret Sunshine, Poetry, Burning)


Best Actor:

1. Song Kang-ho (Memories of Murder, The Host, Secret Sunshine, The Attorney, Parasite)
2. Choi Min-shik (Failan, Painted Fire, Old Boy, I Saw the Devil, Nameless Gangster, Roaring Currents)
3. Lee Byung-hun (Harmonium in My Memory, Bungee Jumping of Their Own, A Bittersweet Life, I Saw the Devil, Masquerade, Inside Men)


Best Actress:

1. Jeon Do-yeon (The Contact, Happy End, My Mother the Mermaid, Secret Sunshine, The Housemaid, Shameless)
2. Kim Hye-soo (First Love, Dr. Bong, Tazza, The Thieves, The Face Reader, Coin Locker Girl)
3. Son Ye-jin (Painted Fire, The Classic, A Moment to Remember, April Snow, The Truth Beneath, The Last Princess)

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It has been announced that Dexter has signed a 2.7 billion won contract to supply VFX (Visual Special Effects) for the movie "Emergency Declaration." "Emergency Declaration" is an upcoming movie directed by Han Jae-rim, who directed films such as "The show must go on" and "The King." It stars Song Kang-ho, Lee Byung-hun, Jeon Do-yeon, Kim Nam-gil, Im Si-wan, Kim So-Jin and Park Hae-Joon. 

Dexter's orders for the film 'Emergency Declaration' will allow them to participate in the VFX of all major domestic distributors, which are set to be released in the second half of this year or next year. CJENM's "The Alien," Showbox's "Emergency Declaration," Lotte Culture's "Pirate: Goblin's Feet," "Mogadishu," NEW's "The Peninsula," Ace Maker's "Wonderland" and Merry Christmas' "Space sweepers.” “We are not only co-producing video contents and participating as investors to diversify our businesses, but also contacting major companies in different industries for AR (Artificial reality), VR (virtual reality), games, online concerts, and OTT dramas." said a representative for Dexter.


source: http://naver.me/xjNEoYbU

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Filming of the movie "Emergency Declaration" has been suspended. 

Showbox announced on August 31 about the suspension of filming for the film "Emergency Declaration."

Showbox said, "We have recently been tested after it was confirmed that an official in the movie contacted with a confirmed patient from the outside. The official said the tests determined to be 'negative' and they immediately began preventive self-isolation measures, and there is no schedule for him to participate in the film in the future.

"The 'Emergency Declaration' has decided to temporarily suspend filming until it is believed that the schedule can be carried out while maintaining safety in order to ensure the health and safety of actors and field staff and to prevent the spread of 'Corona 19'," he said.

The movie "Emergency Declaration" is a reality aviation disaster film about a plane that has declared an unconditional landing in the face of unprecedented disaster. Actors Song Kang-ho, Lee Byung-hun, Jeon Do-yeon, Kim Nam-gil, Im Si-wan, Kim So-jin and Park Hae-joon will appear.

However, despite the continued spread of COVID-19 in Seoul and the metropolitan area, the filming was carried out in strict compliance with the strengthened quarantine rules, but there was still a risk of infection through unexpected external contact, so the production company requested to review whether the shooting would continue in the future.

In particular, the "Emergency declaration" is expected to have difficulties in preventing it despite thorough quarantine due to the high number of filming conditions that require a large number of people to be filmed in a later scheduled schedule.

Therefore, the 'Emergency Declaration' decided to temporarily suspend filming until it is deemed that the schedule can be carried out while maintaining safety for the health and safety of actors and field staff and preventing the spread of Covid19.




Source: Naver 

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Movie ‘Emergency Declaration’ Starring Song Kang Ho and Lee Byung Hun Also Suspendes Its Filming

by krishkim


Credit: Mad Movie DB


Korea’s first air disaster film Emergency Declaration, starring Song Kang Ho, Lee Byung Hun, Jeon Do Yeon, and Kim Nam Gil, was also hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Starting today (August 31), all filmings were suspended until the COVID-19 situations improve.

According to a media outlet, movie Emergency Declaration decided to stop all filming and wait for the COVID-19 situation to improve.

Emergency Declaration, also an aviation term meaning a state of emergency if and when planes are no longer able to operate normally by the captain’s judgment when faced with a disaster situation, heralded an impressive aviation disaster film featuring tense story and colorful characters. It started filming in May.

Last week, however, a staff was confirmed to have been in contact with COVID-19 confirmed patient and was immediately tested. Fortunately, he was tested negative, but the production company decided to stop all filming and keep an eye on the situation for safety reasons.

Though Emergency Declaration, with the budget of 27.5 billion KRW (about 23,215,566 USD), will suffer huge losses if it suspends its production, the production company stopped all schedules as they prioritize the safety of actors and staff and will actively participate with the government’s guidelines.

Currently, Emergency Declaration has finished filming two-thirds of the entire movie, and the remaining filming will resume when the COVID-19 situation dials down.

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Source: Naver 

Director Han Jae-rim's movie "Emergency Declaration" has resumed filming.


According to the film industry on the 3rd, "Emergency Declaration" resumed filming on September 12 and soon came ahead of cranking up.


Earlier, the "Emergency Declaration" stopped filming on August 28 after learning that the cast had contact with a COVID-19 confirmed person. Fortunately, the actor came out negative after the Covid test, but he stopped filming for about two weeks at the expense of an additional 1 billion won for the safety and health of the other actors and staff. Rumor has it that the actors and staff resumed filming in a safe state without any health problems.

The "emergency declaration" originally planned to complete all the filming by the end of September. However, the company is aiming for a crank-up in mid-October as it resumed filming after stopping. The "emergency declaration" reportedly plans to take a short break from filming during the Chuseok holiday and then focus on the last-minute filming and finish filming safely.


"Emergency Declaration" is a new film directed by Han Jae-rim of "The King." Song Kang-ho, Lee Byung-hun, Jeon Do-yeon, Kim Nam-gil and Im Si-wan are expected to draw attention from the project. It depicts an air disaster that takes place over an airplane that has declared an unconditional landing in the face of an unprecedented disaster. It is scheduled to be released in 2021.:thumbsup:


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