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Will cinemas be able to regain pre-pandemic peak season this summer with four blockbuster movies?

YonhapNews / 2022-06-24 17:10:03

SEOUL, June 24 (Yonhap) -- As the release date of the movie “Hansan: Emergence of the Dragon” has been decided to be July 27, the lineup of anticipated Korean films this summer has been revealed.

The domestic productions to be released in July and August, the peak season for theaters, include the first part of “ALIENOID,” “Hansan,” “Emergency Declaration” and “Hunt”. Although “Emergency Declaration” is the only one out of the four films that hasn’t confirmed a release date, there are some saying that August 3 is the most likely. 

As much as blockbuster films whose release has been delayed during the pandemic are scheduled to visit the audience weekly from the end of July till the beginning of August, expectations on whether the cinemas will be able to regain their pre-pandemic peak season this summer are rising. 



▲ This photo, provided by CJ ENM, shows the poster for "Alienoid." (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)


Firstly, “ALIENOID” which will be released on July 20, marks the beginning of the competition this summer. This movie, is a movie directed by director Choi Dong-hoon, who directed the hit movies “The Thieves” (2012) and “Assassination” (2015), in 7 years.  “ALIENOID” depicts the fantasy unfolding between the Goryeo Dynasty and present-day Korea. With a door that connects different time and space, a group of Taoist magicians search for a legendary divine sword, while aliens appear in present-day Korea to chase after an alien prisoner confined in a human body. Stars including Kim Tae-ri, Kim Woo-bin, Ryu Jun-yeol and So Ji-sub, Yeom Jung-ah, Jo Woo-jin, Kim Ui-seong and Lee Ha-nee participated in the movie. 




▲ This photo, provided by Lotte Entertainment, shows the poster for "Hansan: Emergence of the Dragon." (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)


"Hansan," which is scheduled to be released on the 27th of the same month, depicts the Battle of Hansando in 1592, when the Joseon naval forces led by Yi Sun-sin fought against the Japanese.  It is a sequel to “The Admiral: Roaring Currents” (2014), which has been at the top of the box office for eight years gathering 17.61 million viewers. Attention is paid to how the turtle ship, which was used as an assault ship in the battle, will be portrayed on screen.  Followed by Choi Min-sik in “The Admiral: Roaring Currents,” Park Hae-il takes on the role of Yi Sun-sin, along with Byun Yo-han, Ahn Sung-ki, Son Hyun-joo, Ok Taecyeon, Gong Myung and Park Ji-hwan.

▲ This photo, provided by Show Box, shows a scene from "Emergency Declaration." (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)


“Emergency Declaration” starring Song Kang-ho, Lee Byung-hun, and Jeon Do-yeon is likely to be released in early August. Considering the release schedules of the competing films, it seems most likely to be released on August 3rd, between “Hansan” (July 27) and “Hunt” (August 10).  “Emergency Declaration” is a story that takes place when a flight from Korea to Hawaii receives a warning of terrorism. Director Han Jae-rim of “The Show Must Go On” (2006), “The Face Reader” (2013), and “The King” (2017) grabbed the megaphone.  As it is a disaster movie boasting a gorgeous cast, it is of interest to see if it will become a hot topic following 'Train to Busan' (2016) and “Tidal Wave” (2009).



▲ This photo, provided by Megabox Plus M, shows the movie "Hunt." (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)


Actor Lee Jung-jae's first directorial work, “Hunt” will be released on August 10. “Hunt,” which was first screened in May at Festival de Cannes during the midnight screening, tells the story of ace agents Park Pyeong-ho (Lee Jung-jae) and Kim Jeong-do (Jung Woo-sung) chasing a South Korean spy leader.  Lee Jung-jae and Jung Woo-sung, the representative “best friends” of the entertainment industry, are starring in the same movie after 23 years since the movie “City Of The Rising Sun” (1999). The two are expected to show off a different bromance by appearing as rivals who suspect each other as spies.




▲ This photo, provided by Walt Disney Company korea, shows the poster for "Thor: Love and Thunder." (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)


The Hollywood blockbuster “Thor: Love and Thunder” will also be visiting the audience on July 6. This movie, which is the first Marvel hero to release its 4th movie, tells the story of Thor (Chris Hemsworth), the god of thunder, fighting the villain Gorr (Christian Bale) who wants to annihilate the gods. A lot of people has also been focusing on the love line that will unfold as he reunites with his ex-lover Jane (Natalie Portman).  Taika Waititi, the director of “Thor: Ragnarok” (2017), the highest-grossing film in the “Thor” series, directed the movie once again. (END)


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Homegrown blockbusters set to hit screens in summer

By Kim Boram (brk@yna.co.kr) | July 06, 2022


SEOUL, July 6 (Yonhap) -- The local box office in the upcoming summer peak season will highly likely be a four-way race among Korean blockbusters as theaters are gearing up for a continuous rush of filmgoers.

The sci-fi action fantasy "Alienoid" will hit local theaters July 20, opening the largely all-Korean competition for the season.  The new film by popular filmmaker Choi Dong-hoon, who has made many smash-hit films, including "The Thieves" (2012) and "Assassination" (2015), depicts two parallel worlds of the 14th and 21st centuries that start to connect with each other as the gates of time travel open due to a mysterious force.  It is one of the most anticipated films in the summer vacation season for its star-studded cast, including Kim Tae-ri, Kim Woo-bin, Ryu Jun-yeol and So Ji-sub, and crew members, including production designer Lee Ha-jun of "Parasite" (2019).

The new historical war film "Hansan," directed by Kim Han-min, will premier a week later.  The second installment of Kim's trilogy about battles led by Adm. Yi Sun-sin depicts the historical Battle of Hansan Island on the southern coast of Korea in July 1592. It is one of the biggest victories that the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) pulled off against Japan during the country's Invasion of Korea (1592-1598).  It is highly expected to continue the bullish run by its predecessor, "Roaring Currents" (2014), the most-watched film in Korean box-office history with more than 17 million moviegoers.

Next is the aviation-disaster movie "Emergency Declaration," set to be released Aug. 3.  Starring Cannes-winning actors Song Kang-ho and Jeon Do-yeon, the film by Han Jae-rim tells a story about a flight from Seoul to Honolulu and its captain who declares an emergency declaration after a deadly virus planted by an unknown terrorist kills a passenger.  It was one of the official selections of the 2020 Cannes Film Festival, whose physical edition was canceled due to the pandemic, but its release has been postponed for more than two years.

On Aug. 10, "Squid Game" star Lee Jung-jae's directorial debut "Hunt" will open in local theaters after premiering at this year's Cannes.  Starring Lee and Jung Woo-sung, the espionage film is a story about two rival intelligence agents in South Korea, Park Pyong-ho (Lee) and Lee Jung-do (Jung), who separately chase after a North Korean spy leaking top secret information that could jeopardize national security. The two end up discovering a plot to assassinate the South Korean president.

Insiders expect the four blockbusters to accelerate the ongoing upbeat cycle at the local box office led by the Korean action comedy "The Roundup" in the spring.  Released in May, the sequel to the 2017 hit "The Outlaws" had garnered a total of 12.5 million admissions as of Tuesday, becoming the 14th most-watched film of all time in Korea.

The number of moviegoers reached 15.5 million in June, rising nearly back to the pre-pandemic level.
It is the highest monthly figure since the 16.84 million from January 2020 -- the last full month before the COVID-19 pandemic hit. (END)

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‘Emergency Declaration’ Confirms August Release and Drops 7 Character Posters




This summer’s highly-anticipated aviation disaster movie Emergency Declaration (directed by Han Jae Rim) will be released on August 3rd.

On Monday, Showbox unveiled the seven captivating character posters for the Emergency Declaration along with the release date. The film centers around a plane that declared an emergency landing amid an unprecedented disaster.

The released posters capture the seven different reactions of seven people facing an unprecedented aviation disaster. The clear contract between the people who have to prevent the disaster on the ground and those facing the terror in the sky catches the eye.

First, veteran detective In Ho (Song Kang Ho) struggles in the rain to prevent the disaster, while Jae Hyuk (Lee Byung Hun), who boarded the plane with his daughter, is looking around to protect his child. Moreover, Sook Hee (Jeon Do Yeon), the minister of the Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs, exudes both charisma and her desire to protect the people. First officer Hyun Soo (Kim Nam Gil) is filled with a responsibility to land the plane safely to protect his passengers.


Additionally, Jin Seok (Yim Si Wan) is watching the chaos unfolding on the plane with a calm expression, while Hee Jin (Kim So Jin), the head of the cabin crew, does not lose her composure and puts the passengers first. Lastly, Tae Soo (Park Hae Joon), the director of the National Center for Crisis Management, struggles to make the best choice even in a situation when it’s hard to make a rational decision.

Meanwhile, Emergency Declaration will hit the screen on August 3rd.

Source: Showbox


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July 13, 2022


'Emergency Declaration' People facing disaster




It brings us one step closer to an unprecedented aviation disaster.


The movie 'Emergency Declaration (Director Jae-Rim Han)' has released a trailer for characters who face disasters in the sky and on the ground.


This trailer starts with In-Ho (Song Kang-Ho), the veteran detective team leader, Jae-Hyeok (Lee Byung-Hun), who boarded the plane with his daughter, Sook-Hee (Jeon Do-Yeon), the Minister of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, Hyeon-Soo (Kim Nam-Gil), passengers Jin-Seok (Im Si-Wan), Secretary Hee-Jin (Kim So-Jin), and the Blue House. It shows the 7 people facing the aviation disaster that took place at 28,000 feet, up to Tae-soo (Park Hae-jun), the head of the Crisis Management Center.


Detective team leader In-ho said, “There is no time and there is no way. They do their best to prevent disasters on earth with the line saying, “I hesitate now and then they all die.” Jae-hyeok, who boarded the plane for the treatment of his daughter who is suffering from atopy, begins to have doubts about the mysterious man who foretold the plane terror, raising his curiosity about Jae-hyeok at the same time. Minister of Land, Infrastructure and Transport Sook-hee asks, “Are you going to back down if you don’t cooperate?” and finds the best way to protect the people.


Co-pilot Hyeon-soo, who closely monitors the flight situation and the safety of passengers while going back and forth between the cockpit and the cabin, Jin-seok, a passenger who arrives without a destination by asking, “What kind of plane does a lot of people use here?” Taesu, the head of the Blue House Crisis Management Center, who responds to disaster situations in a cool way, adds to the tension of the play.


The struggle of those who witnessed an unprecedented disaster situation at 28,000 feet with nowhere to escape and the people who are trying to figure out the best way on the ground for their safe landing, invites the audience to the heart of the 'Emergency Declaration' and creates a new It will provide a message of experience and empathy. The movie will be released on the 3rd of next month.


Source: https://entertain.naver.com/read?oid=437&aid=0000305095




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Korean blockbusters offer immersive cinematic experience this summer

By Hwang Dong-Hee (hwangdh@heraldcorp.com) | Jul 12, 2022

A compilation of poster images shows, from left, “Alienoid,” “Hansan” and “Emergency Declaration” (CJ ENM, Lotte Entertainment, Showbox)

Korean blockbusters will hit local theaters this summer in diverse “immersive cinema” formats to attract more moviegoers, as COVID-19 restrictions for theaters have been lifted. 

Previously, special-format Imax theaters were considered the near-exclusive domain of Hollywood blockbusters such as Marvel Studios’ superhero movies. The Korean movie industry had practically shunned the format.

Until recently, only six Korean commercial films had been released in the Imax format. “Sector 7” (2011) was the first Korean movie to be screened in Imax, followed by “Along With the Gods: The Last 49 Days” (2018), “Exit” (2019), the Oscar-winning “Parasite” (2019), “Peninsula” (2020) and last year’s hit “Escape From Mogadishu.”

By contrast, this year has seen “The Pirates: The Last Royal Treasure” and “The Roundup” released in the Imax format, to be followed by two more -- “Alienoid” and “Emergency Declaration” -- in the coming weeks.

“After the COVID-19 pandemic, the trend has somewhat shifted. The audience seems to prefer an experience that can only be gained in movie theaters that are different from watching movies at home or online,” an official from CJ CGV, the country’s largest cinema chain, told The Korea Herald on Monday.

“Immersive cinema screenings like Imax and 4DX offer an expanded sense of space which allows the audience to be ‘immersed’ -- visually, audibly and even physically -- in the scene,” the official added.

According to data from the Korean Film Council, the percentage of Imax viewers in Korea increased to 1.7 percent of all theatergoers last month,from 1 percent in June 2019, before the pandemic. 

Imax tickets typically cost 22,000 won ($16) per person on weekends in Seoul-area theaters, compared to 15,000 won for regular screenings.

One of the most highly anticipated movies this season is sci-fi action film “Alienoid,” directed by Choi Dong-hoon, whose recent hits include “The Thieves” (2012) and “Assassination” (2015). Set to be released July 20 in Imax and 4DX, the film’s star-studded cast includes Kim Tae-ri, Kim Woo-bin, Ryu Jun-yeol and So Ji-sub.

“The movie depicts two parallel worlds, going back and forth between the past and the present. We hope the audience can fully experience the dynamic action and sound, as if you were in the actual movie, through Imax and 4DX screenings,” said an official at CJ ENM, the film’s distributor.

Another historical war blockbuster,“Hansan,” which will be released July 27, is to be available in 4DX. Directed by Kim Han-min, the movie revolves around Adm. Yi Sun-sin and his historic Battle of Hansan Island in 1592 against Japan during the Joseon era. Kim’s previous “Roaring Currents” (2014) remains the reigning champion of Korea’s box office history, selling 17.6 million tickets in a nation of some 51 million.

“Emergency Declaration,” scheduled for an August release, will also be screened in Imax, 4DX, Screen X and 4DX Screen, a format that combines 4DX and Screen X. Starring Song Kang-ho from “Parasite,” Lee Byung-hun and Jeon Do-yeon, the movie depicts a deadly virus spreading inside a plane in flight.

The audience can experience the film’s action through moving seats along with environmental effects such as water, wind and scent in 4DX. Screen X shows the movie in three facades, using the left and right walls of the theater as additional screens. CJ CGV developed the two technologies.

The Imax technology was developed by Imax Corp., which also controls distribution at Imax-affiliated theaters.

“The pandemic has changed the demands from our audience, and we think that ‘Emergency Declaration’ is the perfect film to show the range of special screenings on offer,” said an official from Showbox, the film’s distributor.

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Watch: Song Kang Ho, Lee Byung Hun, And More Have Different Reactions To Impending Plane Disaster In “Emergency Declaration” Character Trailer

Watch: Song Kang Ho, Lee Byung Hun, And More Have Different Reactions To Impending Plane Disaster In “Emergency Declaration” Character Trailer

Jul 13, 2022   

“Emergency Declaration” has released an intriguing new character trailer!


Directed by Han Jae Rim, upcoming disaster film “Emergency Declaration” follows the unprecedented calamities that arise when terrorist threats are made against an impending flight. The film stars Song Kang HoJeon Do YeonLee Byung HunKim Nam GilIm Siwan, Kim So Jin, and Park Hae Joon.


The newly released character trailer focuses on the seven main characters’ reactions to the unprecedented plane incident. The characters range from veteran detective In Ho (Song Kang Ho) to Jae Hyuk (Lee Byung Hun), who’s on the flight with his daughter, and Sook Hee (Jeon Do Yeon), a general working at the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transportation. There’s also the flight’s vice-captain Hyun Soo (Kim Nam Gil), mysterious passenger Jin Seok (Im Siwan), flight attendant Hee Jin (Kim So Jin), and Tae Soo (Park Hae Joon), the head of the government’s crisis management center.


The eerie trailer begins with the suspicious threat made against the plane. Someone informs In Ho of the plane terrorist’s threat video and as he analyzes the situation, he states, “We don’t have time or a solution. If we hesitate right now, all those people [on the plane] will die.”


Jae Hyuk’s story starts at the airport as he worries about his daughter. Since their flight will take them to get treatment for his daughter’s eczema, he softly tells her to hang in there. Once the plane is thrown into chaos, Jae Hyuk speaks up about his suspicions about a mysterious man on the plane – which in turn raise questions about Jae Hyuk.


When Sook Hee is also informed of the crisis, she showcases her determination to protect her citizens as she confidently asks, “Do we just step back because they won’t cooperate?” She then adds, “We are civil service workers. We are here to take responsibility.”


Once vice-captain Hyun Soo gets on the plane, he calmly shares, “I think the turbulence on the plane will be quite bad all throughout.” However, things start getting way out of hand. Mysterious passenger Jin Seok chooses his destination by asking at the airport, “Which plane has a lot of passengers?”


While the plane’s passengers are all in a state of frenzy, flight attendant Hee Jin maintains her calm and continues speaking to others with a soft and polite tone. Eventually, she asks the mysterious passenger, “Sorry, but would I be able to check your ID or license?” As the situation worsens, Tae Soo does his best to tame media outlets. When he’s asked about the state of the plane, he replies, “We are responding in the best way we can.”


Watch the detailed character trailer below!

“Emergency Declaration” originally premiered at the 74th Cannes Film Festival in July 2021 where it was selected for the Out of Competition section. The film is scheduled for global release on August 3 and you can watch another trailer here!

While you wait, start watching Lee Byung Hun in “All In” below!



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July 17, 2022


'Emergency Declaration' Lee Byung-hun "The tension continues until the second half... You will feel like you are in an airplane.”
2022-07-17 12:32:07


Actor Lee Byung-hun introduced the movie 'Emergency Declaration'.




On July 17, MBC's 'Departure! In 'Video Travel', the movie 'Emergency Declaration' was introduced.

'Declaration of Emergency', which will be released on August 3, tells the story of people who face disasters and airplanes that have declared an unconditional landing as an unprecedented aviation terrorism.

Song Kang-ho, who plays the role of In-ho, said, "I first heard the term (emergency declaration) of aviation. I think the contents of the movie fit that term."


It is said that director Han Jae-rim carried out a large-scale transport operation unprecedented in the history of Korean films to capture the realistic high-altitude disaster. In a situation where the plane crashed, the scene was captured using a handheld technique.


Lee Byung-hun, who plays Jae-hyeok, said, "It will feel like being in an airplane," and Song Kang-ho said, "There is no escape. There is a sense of fear and tension that comes from there." Lee Byung-hun added, "From the beginning, the state of extreme tension continues until the second half."


Im Si-wan, who plays the villain Jin-seok, said, "There are things I do in English. I practiced focusing on English pronunciation."


'Declaration of Emergency' was officially invited to the non-competition section of the 74th Cannes International Film Festival. Jeon Do-yeon shuddered, "Of course, it's over 10 million movies, isn't it?" Lee Byung-hun showed his confidence by saying, "Kang-ho hyung said earlier that its would be 20 million."


Source:  https://www.newsen.com/news_view.php?uid=202207171155572310

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July 25, 2022


Lee Byung Hun at the VIP Premiere of "Emergency Operation" 











On the afternoon of the 25th, the movie 'Emergency Declaration' (Director Jae-rim Han) held at Megabox COEX in Gangnam-gu, Seoul, is attending the press preview and VIP premiere.


The movie 'Emergency Declaration' is a reality aviation disaster film that takes place over an airplane that has declared an unconditional landing in the face of an unprecedented disaster situation. Directed by Han Jae-rim, who directed 'The King' and 'Contemplative', this is a new film starring Song Kang-ho, Lee Byung-hun, Jeon Do-yeon, Kim Nam-gil, Im Si-wan, Kim So-jin, and Park Hae-joon. It opens on the 3rd of August.


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'Emergency Declaration' delves into different types of humanity

By Hwang Dong-Hee

Published : Jul 26, 2022 - 18:58       Updated : Jul 26, 2022 - 18:58



A scene from "Emergency Declaration" (Showbox)


In the face of disaster, different types of people cope differently.


"Emergency Declaration," a new aviation disaster film released next month, tells a story that everyone living through the pandemic can relate to.


The film follows a detective, played by Cannes-winning actor Song Kang-ho, who investigates a suspected terrorist only to find out that he has already boarded a plane. While passengers are trapped inside, those on the ground struggle to find a way to land the plane.


"When confronted by a disaster, humans become weak and scared. They sometimes start accusing and resenting each other. But being human, they also make different choices. ... I tried to focus on our humanity which can overcome dire situations," said director Han Jae-rim during a press conference held on Monday.


"A disaster, however small or catastrophic, can come to anyone at any time," Song added. "In such cases, we are reminded of what we value the most. We start to appreciate things we took for granted, like family and neighbors."


Han and big-name actors Song, Lee Byung-hun, Jeon Do-yeon, Kim Nam-gil, Yim Si-wan, Kim So-jin and Park Hae-joon attended the press conference at Megabox Coex in southern Seoul that followed the screening.



From left, actors Park Hae-joon, Yim Si-wan, Kim Nam-gil, Jeon Do-yeon, director Han Jae-rim, actors Song Kang-ho, Lee Byung-hun and Kim So-jin pose during a press conference for “Emergency Declaration” at Megabox Coex on Monday. (Yonhap)


Joining Song onscreen is another Cannes-winning actor Jeon. The two previously worked together in “Secret Sunshine” (2007).


Playing the role of a minister for Land, Infrastructure and Transport, Jeon said her character also struggles to fight off the invisible terror and human frailty.


"Although I was a high government official, I was just another human being like any other character. I also felt helpless dealing with an unprecedented terrorism disaster,” Jeon said.


Another notable character is a mysterious passenger, played by Yim Si-wan.


Regarding the casting, the director said he started with the idea of someone who viewers wouldn't imagine committing such an act of terrorism.


"I felt 'free' in expressing and portraying this character. So I was more excited than worried about the role," said Yim.


To convey a realistic-looking setting and dynamic turbulence of the plane in flight, the director used a giant gimbal to rotate the plane 360 degrees -- with the passengers inside.


"Two photography directors actually rode the gimbal and tied themselves to film the passengers’ faces and emotions. I think that‘s how we captured the moment of extreme tension," said Han.



A scene from "Emergency Declaration" (Showbox)


Kim Nam-gil, who plays the airplane’s pilot, added that he put in extra effort to look like a veteran pilot.


"All the pilots in the film trained together. I practiced landing simulation, piloting and controlling all the buttons. I wanted to look real in the cockpit."


The film was invited to the non-competition section at last year's Cannes Film Festival, where it premiered. Its initial release was delayed due to the pandemic.


"As we are still recovering from the pandemic, I was more immersed in the storyline. There are different groups of people reacting differently to similar situations. ... I hope the audience enjoys the film and delves into the message we are trying to convey," said Lee Byung-hun.


"Emergency Declaration" will hit local theaters on Aug. 3.


By Hwang Dong-Hee (hwangdh@heraldcorp.com)



Source: https://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20220726000710&np=1&mp=1


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July 29, 2022


Lee Byung Hun Says ‘Emergency Declaration’ Is a Movie That’ll Make You Feel Like You’re Riding a Roller Coaster



In an interview about his new movie Emergency Declaration, Lee Byung Hun talked about returning to the silver screen after a while.



Credit: BH entertainment


Q1. How do you feel about showing a new movie after a long time?

The pandemic started to spread when The Man Standing Next was receiving great love. I’ve been working hard on filming since then, and Emergency Declaration is the first to hit the screen. I’ve just been filming movies, and it was nice to actually meet the audience at the premiere. 


Q2. How did you feel after you read the script?

The people who’ve seen the movie will know, but the movie starts with much tension. I felt the same way. It was a series of tension and bewilderment. I enjoyed the scripts as if I was riding on a roller coaster.


Q3. How did Lee Min Jung react after the VIP premiere?

Lee Min Jung is filming a new project, so she said she wasn’t sure if she could make it. But I told her that I’d love to have her there. Thankfully she came, but we were both so busy that we couldn’t even text each other. Later, she texted me, “I have a filming tomorrow, but my eyes are swollen!”



Credit: BH entertainment

Q4. How did you play Jae Hyuk, a father with one daughter and a man with panic disorder?

When the director first told me about the character, he said he wanted him to look like an ordinary father. He has his own story, but I thought he was the representative of passengers and the first to express the fear and terror they’re feeling. He’s a man who is already feeling fear from the moment he boards the plane, so he’s startled by even the smallest movements and sticks his head out to observe what’s happening.


Q5. You opened up about your panic disorder at the premiere.

When I was 26, I got on a plane to go to the States after finishing Beautiful Lady, and that’s when I first felt the panic disorder. I clearly remember that moment. I thought I was going to die right there. Now I can laugh about it, but it was really tough at the time.


Q6. A rolling gimbal was used to shoot the scene where the plane rotates 360 degrees. How was the filming?

We had to bring in the equipment from the States. With the outbreak of the pandemic, everything got postponed, so we had to make the gimbal. We’ve confirmed the safety dozens of times, but there were still worries since it had to rotate with like 100 actors in. But I think that terror helped with our acting. But later, we got used to it and it felt like we were riding on a ride.


Q7. Every work you do, you are praised for your performance.

Every time I hear it, I feel proud and thrilled to be an actor. I’m worried that there might be a moment when I can’t meet the audience’s expectations, but if I know that I’ve done my best in doing my part, then what comes next is the audience’s opinion.

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July 31, 2022


"Emergency Declaration",  promotion at Haeundae, Busan








Message from the IG of Showbox.movie :



Emergency <Declaration of Emergency> Team Haeundae Landing


Declare love to the Busan audience


A heartfelt thank you to everyone who participated in the event


For the release on August 3rd, right now, make a reservation from the profile link and board! 


#Song Kang-ho #Lee Byung-hun #Jeon Do-yeon #Kim Nam-gil #Im Si-wan #Kim So-jin #Park Hae-joon #Han Jae-rim Director #Emergency Declaration #August 3rd release #Haeundae #Showcase


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July 31, 2022


"Emergency Declaration" was also promoted at Daegu








Message from  the IG of Showbox.movie


"real time! Announcing the stage greetings for the <Emergency Declaration> with the Daegu audience!


Declare the love of Daegu audiences who heard 'rain'!


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August 1, 2022




Lee Byung Hun Talks About “Emergency Declaration,” Applying Real-Life Experience To His Role, Why The Delayed Premiere Is A Blessing In Disguise, And More


Aug 1, 2022

by S. Cho


In a recent interview with Sports Chosun, Lee Byung Hun spoke about his role in the upcoming film “Emergency Declaration”!


Directed by Han Jae Rim, upcoming disaster film “Emergency Declaration” follows the unprecedented calamities that arise when terrorist threats are made against an impending flight. The film stars Song Kang HoJeon Do Yeon, Lee Byung Hun, Kim Nam GilIm Siwan, Kim So Jin, and Park Hae Joon.


In the film, Lee Byung Hun plays Jae Hyuk, a father who overcomes his phobia of planes to get eczema treatment for his daughter Su Min (Kim Bo Min). Although he’s fearful and anxious in the face of calamities, he also has a noble spirit and is willing to makes sacrifices for his family and for others.


“Emergency Declaration” was originally set to premiere at the 74th Cannes Film Festival last year before releasing in theaters in January 2022. However, the premiere was postponed due to COVID-19 and the film is finally hitting theaters this summer.


Regarding this delay, Lee Byung Hun shared, “It was a situation where the film was all completed but we had no choice but to postpone [the premiere]. It wasn’t just us as it was the same for other films.”


He elaborated on this being a blessing in disguise, sharing, “Although this wasn’t intentional, as we passed through the pandemic, I figured that this was a story people living in today’s generation could more easily immerse into while watching. That’s why I think the response was better from those who watched the movie.”



The actor expressed pride in his action scenes, commenting, “As the film begins, tension is induced. After that, more and more tension is added as the film progresses. Even when I was reading the script, there was constant tension and panic. As if I was riding a roller coaster, I read [the script] enjoyably in one go and I think those aspects are captured well in the film.”


Lee Byung Hun continued, “Originally, ‘Emergency Declaration’ was going to be created with an expert gimbal team from the United States. They needed to bring big equipment to Korea so it took time. Eventually, the pandemic began so everything got postponed and we got the news that the staff members in charge of the equipment wouldn’t be able to come. That’s how our team ended up personally setting up the gimbal.”



“Emergency Declaration” is Lee Byung Hun’s third role as a father, following the films “Single Rider” and “Ashfall.” Additionally, the actress who plays Lee Byung Hun’s daughter in “Ashfall” is the sister of the actress who plays his daughter in “Emergency Declaration.”


Lee Byung Hun remarked, “I’ve come to portray the father of both daughters. They’re both really great actresses. As a father of a son [in real life], there’s a certainty that real-life experience gives you. However, I observed those around me to see the differences between fathers with sons and fathers with daughters.”




Lee Byung Hun also spoke about his personal experience with panic disorder which ultimately helped influence his role in “Emergency Declaration.” He shared, “It was in the past when I was around 25 or 26 years old. The first time I experienced panic disorder was when I got on the plane to go to the United States after I finished [filming] the 1997 SBS drama ‘Beautiful My Lady.’ My memory from then is so vivid. I remember thinking, ‘I’m going to die here.’ That memory was so shocking.”


He added, “They even made a broadcast announcement asking the entire plane if there were any doctors on board. I thankfully arrived okay in the United States but at the time when the plane took off, I thought we’d be able to land mid-flight in a different country. But they said they weren’t able to stop. I couldn’t breathe and I had such a hard time. I can talk about it now while smiling but back then, it was a really difficult memory.”


With regards to this experience and his role in “Emergency Declaration,” Lee Byung Hun continued, “Due to my experience with panic disorder in real life, rather than relate to this character, I thought I’d be able to better express aspects of panic. Throughout the process of portraying the character of Jae Hyuk, I spoke a lot with director Han Jae Rim about what kind of panic he feels, what symptoms he feels, and how his breathing is.”


He explained, “Simply being on the plane is terrifying [for Jae Hyuk] and he needs medicine, but as the plane situation becomes more extreme, he develops recurring panic symptoms. Aspects of panic disorder are shown little by little, but as someone who knows about this, I wanted to express it in a more realistic manner.”




After sharing his admiration for his co-stars, Lee Byung Hun elaborated on Im Siwan, who makes a bold transformation

into a villain in “Emergency Declaration” as the mysterious passenger Jin Seok. He commented, “Since Im Siwan acted with the expressions and gazes that fit his role, I think that brought out better chemistry in my own acting too.”


He continued, “Unlike his image in the film, in real life, Im Siwan is an incredibly cute junior. He’s so cute, random, and has a lot of questions. We occasionally meet up to eat, have drinks, and chat but he asks questions that I need to think about and cannot easily answer.”


“Emergency Declaration” hits theaters across Korea on August 3. Check out a trailer here!

In the meantime, watch Lee Byung Hun in “Memories of the Sword” below!


Source:  https://www.soompi.com/article/1538809wpp/lee-byung-hun-talks-about-emergency-declaration-applying-real-life-experience-to-his-role-why-the-delayed-premiere-is-a-blessing-in-disguise-and-more

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Aug 3, 2022


[Herald Interview] Lee Byung-hun channels fear of flying for new role

By Hwang Dong-Hee

Published : Aug 1, 2022 - 20:14       Updated : Aug 1, 2022 - 20:14




[Herald Interview] Lee Byung-hun channels fear of flying for new role

By Hwang Dong-Hee

Published : Aug 1, 2022 - 20:14       Updated : Aug 1, 2022 - 20:14


Lee Byung-hun recalled the first time he read the script for “Emergency Declaration,” during an interview with a group of local reporters on Thursday.


“It was a whirlwind of tensions, like riding a roller coaster throughout. I thought, ‘This is going to be a strong movie,’” the actor said.


“The first time I watched the movie, it resonated with me so deeply, perhaps because we went through a long pandemic. It wasn’t intended, but I feel like this is a story that people can relate to and empathize with after going through the difficult times.”


Lee plays Jae-hyuk, a dedicated father with a fear of flying who boards a flight to Hawaii with his daughter.


Lee said he had experienced a panic attack on an airplane, similar to his aviophobic character.


“I had a panic attack on a plane in my 20s. I couldn’t breathe and I thought I was going to die there,” the actor said.


“But I thought I could express this phobia better than those who have never experienced it. I tried to portray Jae-hyuk’s condition -- the panic, anxiety and hyperventilation -- as realistically as possible.”



Actor Lee Byung-hun (BH Entertainment )Actor Lee Byung-hun (BH Entertainment )


The veteran actor said the giant gimbal used for filming the in-flight scenes encouraged him to empathize with Jae-hyuk’s situation.


To create a realistic-looking set and dynamic aircraft turbulence, director Han Jae-rim employed a gimbal to rotate the mock plane 360 degrees with people inside.


“While filming inside the gimbal, all the actors and staff were nervous, although we were strapped so that we wouldn’t get hurt. ... It was easy to imagine that I was inside a flying plane,” Lee said.


“And because Jae-hyuk has a phobia, he is in a constant struggle, mentally and physically. To him, unexpected disasters and extreme situations just strike again and again. I put in the effort to convey his emotions and bewilderment, as they gradually escalate throughout the story,” he added.


Lee said he believes Jae-hyuk represents ordinary passengers, despite his fear of flying.


“I think Jae-hyuk is an ‘ordinary’ character. Although he has trauma, he felt very ordinary to me. He is a father to a daughter. He is easily frightened and scared by small things,” the actor said.


“But in the midst of a disaster, Jae-hyuk tries to find a way somehow and struggles to save his child.”


“Emergency Declaration” will be released on Wednesday.


By Hwang Dong-Hee (hwangdh@heraldcorp.com)


Source:  https://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20220801000769&np=1&mp=1

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Lee Byung Hun, Im Siwan, Song Kang Ho, Jeon Do Yeon, Kim Nam Gil, And More Collide In New Disaster Film “Emergency Declaration”

Lee Byung Hun, Im Siwan, Song Kang Ho, Jeon Do Yeon, Kim Nam Gil, And More Collide In New Disaster Film “Emergency Declaration”

Aug 2, 2022
by E. Cha

“Emergency Declaration” has unveiled suspenseful new posters of its star-studded cast!

Directed by Han Jae Rim, “Emergency Declaration” is an upcoming disaster film about the unprecedented calamities that arise when a terrorist threat is made against an impending flight.

The newly released posters put the spotlight on the seven main characters, each of whom plays a different role in the chaos that unfolds. Song Kang Ho’s poster captures the despair of his character In Ho, a veteran detective investigating the terrorist threat, in the horrifying moment when he realizes the plane mentioned in the threat is the one his wife has just boarded.


Lee Byung Hun’s poster introduces his character Jae Hyuk, who is traveling to Hawaii with his young daughter in order to get treatment for her atopic dermatitis. When disaster strikes mid-flight, Jae Hyuk is determined to keep his daughter safe no matter what.


Jeon Do Yeon will star in the film as Sook Hee, South Korea’s Minister of Land, Infrastructure, and Transportation, who feels a strong sense of responsibility to keep her citizens safe.



Kim Nam Gil will play Hyun Soo, the first officer (or second pilot) of the plane in which the crisis breaks out. Even when faced with an emergency unlike anything he’s handled before, Hyun Soo stays focused as he does everything he can to avert disaster.



Im Siwan’s poster introduces his character Jin Seok, a mysterious passenger with a chilling gaze who becomes the prime suspect.



Meanwhile, Kim So Jin’s poster captures the shock and alarm of her character Hee Jin, a flight attendant, when all of the passengers suddenly fall into panic.



Finally, Park Hae Joon’s character Tae Soo, the head of the government’s crisis management center, does his best to remain calm and guide those on the plane to safety as they face an unpredictable and life-threatening situation.



“Emergency Declaration” hits theaters in South Korea on August 3. In the meantime, check out the latest trailer for the film here!

Watch Kim Nam Gil in his latest drama “Through the Darkness” below…


…and Jeon Do Yeon in her film “Beasts Clawing at Straws” below!


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August 5, 2022


[INTERVIEW] 'Emergency Declaration' director wanted to deliver hope through disaster

Posted : 2022-08-04 16:00

Updated : 2022-08-04 16:03





New film draws mixed responses from audiences


By Lee Gyu-lee


The star-studded disaster film "Emergency Declaration," one of the most-anticipated flicks of this year, has finally hit movie theaters, Wednesday, after a long delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


The film's director Han Jae-rim, whose previous works include the 2013 historical film "The Face Reader" and 2017 crime film "The King," said that he wanted to deliver a message of hope through the disaster film.




"I wanted to talk about hope ― that if we come together in a catastrophic situation, we can get through it," Han said in an interview with The Korea Times, Wednesday.


"When I wrote the script and started filming, I had no idea that the coronavirus pandemic would come. The film shows conflicts that are also seen in this pandemic … I wanted to cast light on healing and hope while also portraying humanity undergoing changes from psychological fear."


The blockbuster film revolves around a terrorist attack on a flight bound for Hawaii from Korea. A terrorist threat is made online, and as detective In-ho (Song Kang-ho) finds out that the suspect (Im Si-wan) was on the flight, a passenger dies suddenly on the plane.


While people on board, including Jae-hyuk (Lee Byung-hun) and Hyun-soo (Kim Nam-gil), try to deal with the rising tension and panic erupting among passengers, In-ho joins the government authorities' operation to save the lives of all on board.


The film, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last year, opened on Wednesday at the top of the local box office, with about 336,000 ticket sales.


The director expressed excitement about the film's long-awaited opening. "It took years to release. We screened it to audiences at Cannes last year and received feedback. But it feels like another premiere. Meeting Korean audiences feels incomparably exciting and nerve-wracking," he said.




Han shared that the primary focus in filming the scenes was to make them as realistic as possible. The film comprises first-person point-of-view shots and scenes filmed on a gimbal set for action sequences and turbulence on the airplane.


"A large number of people get on an airplane. So there were many limitations to making the scenes realistic. The space between the seats was tight and it was hard for the actors playing passengers and the production crew to all get on the plane and film," he said. "So to portray a major catastrophic situation, we built a gimbal set. For authenticity, the cinematographer went onto the set and captured each character with a handheld camera."


Despite the film's much-anticipated release, it already is getting mixed responses from moviegoers. The director expressed that although he understands the split reactions, he hopes audiences will empathize with each character.


"I feel there can be different opinions from my own. There has been varied feedback ― some understood my intention while for others, I wondered how they got such an impression. For example, since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, some people didn't really mind eating out, but others were scared of going to restaurants and would dine in," he said.


"'Emergency Declaration' also has characters that can be interpreted in different ways. So I do hope that these figures would come through as understandable through the film. I would like the film to lead the audiences to think 'it's possible to act like that,' instead of thinking 'why they would act like that?'"


Source:  https://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/art/2022/08/689_333910.html

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August 5, 2022


Summer in 2022, The Hottest Big 4 Have Appeared!

by Hellen Park 

In 2022, the Korean theater district filled with audiences again is hotter than ever after enduring the COVID-19 Pandemic.




There Has Never Been More Spectacular Casting. Korea's First Aviation Disaster Blockbuster with the Star-studded Cast Will Fly.


Director Han Jaerim's Emergency Declaration has attracted great attention in two ways since it was invited to the out-of-competition section at the 2021 Festival de Cannes. One is the star-studded cast among Korean actors, which could not be more spectacular than this. First of all, Actor Song Kangho is the backbone of the film, who won the Best Actor for Broker at the 75th Festival de Cannes, and who starred in PARASITE, the winner of the Oscar and the Palme d'Or. He plays a detective trying to save everyone from the unprecedented disaster. Global star Lee Byunghun plays the father who boards the plane for his daughter, and Jeon Doyeon, the ‘Queen of Cannes,’ who won the Cannes Best Actress for Secret Sunshine, plays the Minister of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport. From Kim Namgil, the co-pilot who has to land the plane safely, Kim Sojin, a veteran flight attendant, and Park Haejoon from the Blue House, to Im Siwan, a mysterious young man at the center of the disaster, the film boasts a super-luxury casting. The fact that the two actors, the winners of the Best Actor and the Best Actress at Cannes, appear in one movie is an amazing attraction.


Another charming point is that it is the first 'aviation disaster blockbuster' in Korea. The mission of Emergency Declaration is to show the most realistic aviation disaster. Due to the nature of the ‘aviation disaster’ occurring on the plane, the key is to show the situation in a tense manner that numerous figures are connected on the ground and in the sky. Director Han Jaerim challenged the entire set to rotate 360 degrees using the actual body and parts of a plane for the most realistic spectacular ‘aviation disaster.’ Thanks to the challenge, the actors confidently said, "I was able to express the situation for real as if I were in an actual aviation disaster."


Director Han Jaerim said, "I was proposed to direct a movie about an airplane terror case 10 years ago. 10 years have passed since then, and we also have experienced small and big disasters for real. In the process, the COVID-19 Pandemic hit us, too. I was sure what to depict through the movie. I hope this movie will be a comfort and hope for all of us who have proudly endured the pandemic disaster for more than 2 years.” 

Emergency Declaration will be released on August 3.


Source:  http://www.koreanfilm.or.kr/eng/news/features.jsp?blbdComCd=601013&seq=589&mode=FEATURES_VIEW

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August 7, 2022


Geek Review: Emergency Declaration

John Li.     August 7, 2022 4 min read


Among the many things that the COVID-19 pandemic has affected, travel and tourism were the most affected, because things were literally brought to a standstill for an extended period of time. It has reshaped the industry and while many of us have been yearning to get on a flight without any restrictions, the latest Korean blockbuster, written and directed by Han Jae-rim, may make you think thrice.




Developed before the pandemic, and produced on and off during, the movie is our worst fear of flying, when there is an airborne virus flying around and messing everything up. The movie opens at a crowded Incheon International Airport, reminding us of the happy days where we all rushed through a sea of people while dragging our luggage to catch a flight. Jin-seok (K-pop idol Yim Si-wan) is nervously looking for a crowded flight to board and you just know not to be fooled by his boyish good looks, because this guy has some very evil plans up his sleeve. 


Holed up in a toilet cubicle, we see Jin-seok slice a hole under his arm to conceal a capsule with a lethal and contagious virus. He manages to get past security, and there we have it – a walking biological weapon. You can expect all hell to break loose when he boards a packed plane to Hawaii.




The film also introduces us to key characters on the flight. There’s Jae-hyuk (the ever amazing Lee Byung-hun, who has aged like fine wine), a former pilot with a fear of flying who is bringing his daughter overseas for medical treatment; Hyun-soo (Kim Nam-gil), a pilot who has an unexplained grievance with Jae-hyuk; and a stoic team of flight attendants led by Hee-jin (Kim So-jin).


It doesn’t take long for the movie to shake up fear in viewers. Jin-seok, with his eerie half smile, sets off the virus. One passenger dies horribly after being exposed, and the traumatising sight sends everyone into panic mode. That includes the audience, who have been recently made aware of the dangers of a virus that kills. What is going to happen next? Are people going to start coughing blood, collapsing and dying one by one in mid air? Are people going to turn ugly for survival? And how is the Korean government going to deal with this crisis?




On the ground, there is righteous police detective In-ho (Cannes winner Song Kang-ho channeling the right amount of gruff) who is doing everything he can to manage the situation the moment he received a tip about the terrorist attack, along with Transport Minister Sook-hee (fellow Cannes winner Jeon Do-yeon) who is also doing everything she can to save the passengers while trying to maintain her stature, and Tae-soo (Park Hae-joon), the chief of the crisis management center at the presidential office, who has very difficult moral decisions to make when the idea that landing the plane could cause further exposure and infect the country.


We’re pretty sure there are countless scientific inaccuracies and improbabilities peppered throughout the movie, and it is unfortunate that the writers came up with an almost laughable way for the passengers to receive a vaccination, but if you are willing to look past those and consume this big budget movie as pure entertainment, it is a solid piece of work worth your ticket price.




Although the movie stretches to 140 minutes, there are enough thrills to keep you at the edge of your seat. Watch out for a car chase through a busy street where In-ho hunts down a suspect, and scenes where the plane comes into close contact with fighter jets. The highlights are the breathtaking sequences filmed in the fully constructed aircraft – you see the passengers being shaken in their seats and tossed around when the plane turns upside down. You feel like you’re right there with them in the doomed flight, and it suddenly seems like a good idea to just go for a local staycation instead.





A solid air disaster flick that deals with bioterrorism that may make you think twice about booking your next flight.


  • Overall - 7.6/10
  • Story - 6/10
  • Direction - 8.5/10
  • Characterisation - 7.5/10
  • Geek Satisfaction - 8.5/10

Source:  https://geekculture.co/geek-review-emergency-declaration/

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