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an aviation term that describes the action of declaring an emergency

aeroplane.gif to perform an unconditional landing when faced with a disaster and normal operation is no longer an option due to the captain's judgement.




Song Gang Ho x Lee Byung Hun 4th movie together, with director Han Jae Rim


Source: SBS NEWS, English translation by mistymorning




[August 29, 2019] Actor Song Gang Ho and Lee Byung Hun will meet again in the new film from director Han Jae Rim (image above), titled 'Emergency Declaration' (Production: WooJoo Film, Co-Production: C-Jes Entertainment, CineJoo).


'Emergency Declaration' is air traffic term when during a flight, pilot encounters a distress condition which makes it impossible to fly anymore, declares emergency and let land control knows the plane needs to land immediately. This movie will be an air disaster drama , with high tension and colorful characters.


Director Han Jae Rim debuted his first movie 'Rules of Dating' won  2005 DaeJong Award for new director and Blue Dragon Award for script, became hot star director in Korean Film. His next movie 'The Show Must Go On'(2007), a noir film won another Blue Dragon Award for the best movie, and with the film 'The Face Reader' showed his satire and sensual directing skills. Film 'The King' made people to call him 'The best story teller', with various filming methods and cheerful stories with deeper meanings. 


This meeting of Song Gang Ho, The most trust-worthy(to watch) actor in Korea, after the movie 'Parasite' which won Palme d'Or in Cannes Film Festival and 4th 10-million movie, and Lee Byung Hun, certified best actor, with Hollywood movies and loved for best acting in both films and TVs raises our expectation to the new level.


This is 4th project they work together after 'Joint Security Area'(2000), 'The Good, the Bad and the Weird'(2008), 'The Age of Shadows'(2016). Fresh material and trust for director Han Jae Rim had made this reunion possible.


The movie will crank-in May 2020.


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August 29, 2019


Song Kang Ho And Lee Byung Hun Confirmed To Reunite For New Disaster Film

Source: Soompi by L. Kim




Actors Song Kang Ho and Lee Byung Hun are confirmed to star in a new movie together!


“Emergency Declaration” (literal translation) is a term used in aviation that means to declare an emergency to make a landing when an aircraft is faced with a disastrous situation and normal operation is no longer possible due to the captain’s judgment. The movie, which is about an aviation disaster, is a full-fledged air disaster film that features a tense story and diverse characters.


Director Han Jae Rim will be producing the film. He was awarded the Best New Director Award and the Best Screenplay Award at the Blue Dragon Film Festival in 2005 for “Rules of Dating,” drawing attention from the film industry during the same time he made his directorial debut. Since then, he has opened up new prospects with the noir film “The Show Must Go On,” won the best picture award at the Blue Dragon Film Festival for his satire and sensual production in “The Face Reader,” and earned the title of “best storyteller” for delivering a vibrant story through various film techniques and deep messages in “The King.”


This is the fourth time Song Kang Ho and Lee Byung Hun will be working together, and expectations are high for the veteran actors’ performances.


“Emergency Declaration” is scheduled to complete pre-production this year and premiere in the first half of next year.


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Source: Jason Bechervaise @Jasebechervaise

August 29, 2019


Song Kang-ho and Lee Byung-hun Korean Stars Reteam for ‘Emergency Declaration’


By SONIA KIL  Variety



Photo: LeeByungHun IG via HG Times

South Korea’s two top actors, Song Kang-ho (“Parasite”) and Lee Byung-hun (“The Magnificent Seven”) have confirmed that they are joining new project “Emergency Declaration.” C-Jes Entertainment, one of the film’s co-production houses, announced on Thursday (Aug. 29).


Han Jae-rim, who previously directed “The Show Must Go On,” “The Face Reader” and “The King” will direct the film. According to C-Jes’ statement, “Emergency Declaration” is a disaster drama set in a plane and will boast suspenseful plot and colorful characteristics. Production budget and distributor have not yet been confirmed.


Song and Lee starred together in three previous films: Park Chan-wook’s “Joint Security Area,” Kim Jee-woon’s “The Good, the Bad, the Weird,” and “The Age of Shadows,” which is also directed by Kim.

“Emergency Declaration” aims to wrap pre-production in 2019, and start production in the first half of 2020.

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August 29, 2019


Song Kang-ho and Lee Byung-hun Are Starring in "Emergency Declaration"


Source: Sports Donga via HanCinema.net // Clip: KBS News



Song Kang-ho and Lee Byung-hun are starring in writer Han Jae-rim's "Emergency Declaration".

"Emergency Declaration" is an aviation term that describes the action of declaring an emergency to perform an unconditional landing when faced with a disaster and normal operation is no longer an option due to the captain's judgement.


The movie is a full-fledged aviation disaster drama that features a tense story and a colorful array of characters. Recently, Song Kang-ho and Lee Byung-hun confirmed their roles and started preparation for the production.


The meeting between Song Kang-ho, who won the Cannes Palme d'Or award for his film "Parasite", which opened in May this year, and actor Lee Byung-hun, who has been receiving love and support for his famous performances not limited to genre, raise expectations for the movie.


This is the fourth time Song Kang-ho and Lee Byung-hun are working together since "JSA - Joint Security Area", "The Good, the Bad, the Weird" and "The Age of Shadows".

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September 16, 2019


SONG Kang-ho and LEE Byung-hun to Take Flight in EMERGENCY DECLARATION 
Superstars Team Up for THE KING Director HAN Jae-rim’s New Project


by Pierce Conran KOFIC




Superstars SONG Kang-ho and LEE Byung-hun are set to team up for the fourth time in the upcoming aviation disaster drama Emergency Declaration (translated title) from The King (2017) director HAN Jae-rim. The project is described as a disaster film set on a plane.


One of Korea’s most beloved actors, SONG Kang-ho recently appeared in BONG Joon-ho’s PARASITE, which became the first Korean film to pick up the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival this year. He also featured in the period drama The King’s Letters this summer.


LEE Byung-hun is known for both his major roles in Korea, which include KIM Jee-woon’s A Bittersweet Life (2005) and Inside Men (2015), and overseas, in Hollywood blockbusters such as G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and RED 2.


SONG and LEE previously shared the screen in PARK Chan-wook’s Joint Security Area /JSA (2000), and two films by KIM Jee-woon, The Good, The Bad, And The Weird (2008) and The Age of Shadows (2016).


Director HAN Jae-rim debuted in 2005 with Rules of Dating and went on the make The Show Must Go On (2007) and The Face Reader (2013), both with SONG, before making the prosecutor saga The King (2017).


Emergency Declaration is currently in pre-production and aiming to go before cameras early next year.

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October 9, 2019


‘Parasite’ Star Song Kang-ho Has No Hollywood Plans


Joan MacDonald Forbes

Song Kang-ho is perhaps Korea’s most relatable actor. Whether he’s playing a studious monarch in The King’s Letters, investigating crime in Bong Joon-ho’s Memories of Murder, or embodying the down-on-his-luck Kim Kae-taek in Bong’s latest film Parasite, Song demonstrates an unusual talent for emotionally connecting with viewers. That ability has earned him dozens of prestigious awards, including most recently being the first Asian actor to receive an Excellence Award at 72nd Locarno International Film Festival.



Parasite, which won the Palme d’Or at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, and is South Korea’s entry for Best International Feature Film at the 92nd Academy Awards, has been described as an ensemble film, but Song is mesmerizing as the patriarch of the Kim family, whose only scheme for success may be to con the rich but naive Park family. It’s the fourth time Song has acted in a film directed by Bong. 


“There’s a lot of good chemistry between Director Bong and I,” said Song, while visiting New York City for the 57th New York International Film Festival.


In Bong’s 2006 ecological horror film The Host, Song plays a man whose daughter is kidnapped by a monster. In Bong’s sci-fi futuristic film Snowpiercer, Song plays a poor man relegated to the rear of the super train that is humanity’s only hope. The actor and director enjoy working together.

“I think the message he wants to convey in his films is very moving and also at the same he elicits performances that are very extraordinary,” said Song. “I think that combination is what makes him remarkable.”


While Bong’s films are known for embodying social issues, such as protecting the environment, promoting animal rights, or making society more equitable, Song says he does not choose his roles based on their social messages. 

“I personally don’t like propaganda films,” he said. “Art has to be good for its own sake even when reflecting reality. All of Bong’s films have a strong sense of story to them and that’s what makes them so real and so beautiful.”


In Parasite his character may be poor and lacking opportunities, but he still has his dignity. 


“When you look at the character I play, I don’t think he is a very unusual character,” said Song. “There’s nothing odd about him. He’s an ordinary character that can exist anywhere. The character is poor, but he tries very hard, and yet his desires are not fulfilled. It’s easy to identify with him.”


Although Kim Ki-taek calmly makes the most of his limited circumstances, he’s eventually driven to a violent act, which might cause viewers to wonder what circumstances would justify such a response. The film does not answer the question for viewers, but for Kim Ki-taek, that uncrossable line is an affront to his dignity as a human being.


“The final answer lies in everyone’s hearts,” said Song. “I do think that it’s a film about human dignity and certain lines are crossed that infringe upon that dignity. There’s a certain resistance that lies in this character, a point of resistance that lies in everyone.”


Despite the recognition he’s earned as an actor and his friendship with fellow creatives, Song considers acting a lonely profession.


“It’s not just me,” said Song.”I think this also applies to Hollywood actors and actresses. When you stand in front of the camera, it’s a very, very lonely moment. There is no one to help you out. Everybody can only stand by to watch, so that’s what makes it challenging and painful as well.”

Working in theater helped the critically acclaimed actor to cultivate his acting skills.


“I did not have my acting skills trained in a professional school but I always appeared on theatrical stages ever since I was young,” said Song. “That’s how I gradually trained in my acting capacity. It wasn’t a long training but it was very intense.”


Starring in a film that’s up for an Academy Award has not convinced the veteran actor that he wants to move to Hollywood.


“I would like to pass on that opportunity to other actors,” said Song. “I think in such films I would disappear, so I will instead continue to use Korean films such as Parasite to express myself.”



Song’s next film, Emergency Declaration, also features Lee Byung-hun, who appears in several Hollywood productions, including Red2 and Terminator: Genysis. The actors previously worked together in Park Chan-wook’s Joint Security Area and Kim Jee-woon’s The Good, the Bad, the Weird. 


“It’s a very commercial film of the disaster genre,” said Song.


Song’s Emergency Declaration character will have to deal with an aviation disaster. It may be a different genre, but Song will do his best to make that character oh-so-easy to relate to.

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November 12, 2019

Lee Byung-hun Does Double Duty With Disaster Films

Joan MacDonald FORBES 

Lee Byung-hun’s fans will have several chances to see him onscreen in the coming year, as he stars in three films, each of which features a storyline sure to get the adrenaline pumping. He appears in the disaster film Mt. Baekdu, which aims for a late 2019 or early 2020 release, as well as the political thriller, Chiefs of Namsan, aka The Man Standing Next, which aims for a release on Dec. 31. His next film, Emergency Declaration, another disaster film, plans to start production in early 2020.


Chiefs of Namsan is set in Korea in the 1970s. Lee plays a former Korean Central Intelligence Agency chief who becomes involved in assassinating the president. Actor Lee Sung-min plays President Park and Kwak Do-won plays another ex-KCIA officer. Woo Min-ho, who directed Lee in the film Inside Men, also directs Chiefs of Namsan, making this Lee’s most anticipated role of the year. Under Woo’s direction Lee’s role in Inside Men won him the Best Actor prize at the 52nd Baeksang Art Awards, 37th Blue Dragon Awards and 53rd Grand Bell Awards.


Lee also plays an intelligence officer in the disaster film Mt. Baekdu, only in that film he’s a North Korean agent. The film imagines a fictional eruption of Mt. Baekdu, an active volcano on the Chinese - North Korean border. Mt. Baekdu last erupted in 1903 and since it emits lava about every 100 years, its expected to flare up again soon. Although recent real-life eruptions have been minor, the fictional eruption is set to happen on a cataclysmic scale. The characters played by Lee and his co-stars—Ha Jung-woo, Jeon Hye-jin, Ma Dong-seok and Bae Suzy—must do what they can to prevent disaster. 

Ha plays a member of a South Korean explosive detonation team, while Ma plays a geology professor who predicts the eruption. Despite their different approaches and political affiliations, the characters work together to forestall catastrophe. Mt. Baekdu is directed by Lee Hae-joon, who also directed Castaway on the Moon.

Lee is already preparing for his next disaster film, Emergency Declaration. His co-star in that film is actor Song Kang Ho, who stars in Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite. Song and Lee worked together on three previous films, Park Chan-wook’s Joint Security Area and in two of Kim Jee-woon’s films: The Good, the Bad, the Weird and The Age of Shadows. 


Emergency Declaration will give Lee a chance to cope with catastrophe in a new environment, since the action in the C-Jes film takes place on a plane. An unforeseen event forces the pilots to make an emergency declaration and be forced to land their plane. Emergency Declaration is directed by Han Jae-rim, who directed The Face Reader and The King. 


Lee has dozens of Korean films and dramas to his credit and he’s appeared in a few Hollywood productions. His film work also includes A Bittersweet Life; and Masquerade; plus both the film and TV drama versions of the spy story Iris. His TV work also includes the drama All In and most recently Mr. Sunshine. Lee’s recent Hollywood roles include Storm Shadow in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and its sequel G.I. Joe: Retaliation, as well as roles in Red 2, Terminator Genisys, and The Magnificent Seven 


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December 18, 2019


Korean film distributors beef up 2020 pipeline to dethrone Disney


Source: PULSE News


South Korean film distributors have bolstered their movie pipeline next year after losing their home turf to Walt Disney Company who swept box offices with Frozen 2.


Walt Disney Company Korea was the leading film distributor in the country with a market share of 26.9 percent through November, ahead of No. 2 CJ ENM by 3.6 percentage points, according to Korean Film Council on Tuesday.


This is the first time for a foreign distribution house to claim the top spot in Korea since the council started releasing market share data in 2008.


CJ ENM, which lost out to Disney despite distributing major hits like Bong Joon-ho’s “Parasite” and action comedy film “Extreme Job,” will be joining hands with director Yoon Je-kyoon to make a film adaptation of the popular Korean musical “Hero.” Yoon was behind some of Korea’s highest-grossing movies, with the disaster film “Haeundae” garnering 11.3 million viewers and the drama film “Ode to My Father” pulling in 14.3 million.


The distributor would also back the upcoming film by Lee Yong-ju, known for his hit romance film “Architecture 101.” The new movie, tentatively titled “Seo Bok,” would be about the world’s first human clone and bring together heartthrob actors Park Bo-gum and Gong Yoo.



“The Man Standing Next” [Photo by Showbox]

“The Man Standing Next” [Photo by Showbox]


Local distributor Showbox has seven films lined up for 2020, filled with A-list actors. In January, it would release “The Man Standing Next,” a movie that deals with the Oct. 26, 1979 assassination of Korea’s third president Park Chung-hee. Directed by Woo Min-ho, the film would feature an ensemble cast including Lee Byung-hun, Lee Sung-min and Kwak Do-won.


Lee Byung-hun is to star in another Showbox movie titled “Emergency Declaration" with Song Kang-ho, who has recently been gaining worldwide recognition for his role in “Parasite.”


In 2015, Showbox stood at No. 2 with a market share of 17.1 percent. But its market presence has continued to fall, with its share shriveled to 5.7 percent in January-November this year.


By Park Chang-young and Kim Hyo-jin

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Korean film scene goes experimental in 2020


By Choi Ji-won The Korea Herald

Encouraged by the astounding achievements of 2019, the Korean film scene is set to go more adventurous this year, bringing zombies, clones and spacecraft to the big screen.


Though such subjects have sometimes been a taboo in the local film industry -- due to past failures -- it looks like the achievements of 2019 have encouraged such experimental items to take part in the major entertainment scene.


In the past, Korea’s film scene had been focused heavily on periodical works, romance or comedy, and criticized for the limited diversity. However, science fiction delving into unfamiliar and futuristic topics are expected to present a fresh challenge to the local film industry.


Following are a few of the must-see films set to be released this year. 



Concept image for “Peninsula” (NEW)


Fans of zombie flicks will rejoice that director Yeon Sang-ho of “Train to Busan” will release the movie’s much-awaited sequel “Peninsula” this summer.


The original -- featuring Gong Yoo and Jung Yu-mi -- was one of the most popular zombie movies here, breaking the vaulted milestone of 10 million viewers in 2016 when it was released.


“Peninsula” will be set four years after the zombie outbreak of the original film, telling the story of the survivors.


“Victory” is about the journey of the eponymous spacecraft. The film has garnered great anticipation after it announced its star casting of heartthrob actors Song Joong-ki and Kim Tae-ri. The movie, created with a high production budget here of 24 billion won ($20.7 million), will be the first Korean movie to incorporate robotics motion capture technology.


Korea’s first film centering on human clones will also be released this year. Park Bo-gum and Gong Yoo team up on the big screen for the first time in “Seo-bok.” In the film, Ki-heon, a former intelligence agent played by Gong, comes across mankind’s first human clone and faces off against forces trying to possess the clone. Park plays the first human clone, Seo-bok. 



Concept image for “Call” (NEW)


Director Lee Chung-hyeon, a promising newcomer who swept the domestic short film awards last year with his 14-minute “Bargain,” makes his feature film debut with thriller “Call.”


Featuring actresses Park Shin-hye and Jun Jong-seo from the Cannes-nominated “Burning” alongside veteran Kim Sung-ryoung, the film tells the story of two women living in two different time periods, connected through a mysterious phone call.


Song Kang-ho, lead actor of Cannes-winning “Parasite,” is making his return to the screen with the movie “Emergency Declaration” this year. Although disaster movies may seem to be a cliche, coming back almost every year with similar plots and settings, “Emergency Declaration” maybe worth the watch just to witness the chemistry between Song and another award-scraping actor Lee Byung-hun.


As the title -- an aviation term used to declare the need for emergency landing of an aircraft in abnormal situations -- implies, the film is a suspenseful disaster film unfolding inside a plane.


While an August release is expected for “Peninsula,” no dates have yet been set for “Victory,” “Seo-bok,” “Call,” and “Emergency Declaration.”

By Choi Ji-won  (jwc@heraldcorp.com)

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January 3, 2020




Source: StarNews (Google-gist)




Top actress Jeon Do Yeon has confirmed to join Director Han Jae Rim's 'Declaration of Emergency' alongside Song Kang Ho and Lee Byung Hun.


According to the movie industry on the 3rd, actress Jeon Do Yeon recently decided to appear in the upcoming movie 'Emergency Declaration' and is currently adjusting the details. 'Emergency Declaration' is a film about aviation disaster by director Han Jae Rim who previously directed movie 'The King'.


In mid- 2019, the casting news of top actors Song Kang Ho and Lee Byung Hun have attracted much attention from both inside and outside the film industry. The new project marks the 4th work after past collaboration in 'Joint Security Area', 'The Good, The Bad, The Weird' and 'The Age of Shadows'. Jeon Do Yeon is expected to appear as a minister in the 'Emergency Declaration' making her a strong match in the leading lineup and further enriching the movie.


Jeon Do Yeon who is coming out with her new movie 'Beast Clawing at Straws' in February will start shooting 'Emergency Declaration' with a completely different character. 'Emergency Declaration' will begin filming in the first half of  2020 after finishing major casting roles.

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January 6, 2020


Jeon Do Yeon In Talks To Reunite With Song Kang Ho And Lee Byung Hun In New Film

Source: Soompi by S. Park


Jeon Do Yeon In Talks To Reunite With Song Kang Ho And Lee Byung Hun In New Film


Jeon Do Yeon may be reuniting with her former co-stars Song Kang Ho and Lee Byung Hun in a new movie!


On January 3, Jeon Do Yeon’s agency Management SOOP confirmed, “Jeon Do Yeon has received a casting offer for ‘Declaration of Emergency’ [literal title] and is currently reviewing the offer with a favorable outlook.”


“Declaration of Emergency” will be directed by director Han Jae Rim, whose previous filmography includes “Rules of Dating,” “The Show Must Go On,” “The Face Reader,” and “The King.” The title of the film refers to an aviation term used when a pilot determines that normal operation of a plane is no longer possible in the face of disaster and announces the need for an urgent landing at all costs.


According to the film’s co-production company CJes Entertainment, Song Kang Ho and Lee Byung Hun have already been confirmed for the cast. Jeon Do Yeon has experience working with both actors in the past: she starred in both “The Harmonium in My Memory” and “Memories of the Sword” with Lee Byung Hun, and she starred in “Secret Sunshine” with Song Kang Ho.


If she decides to accept her offer, Jeon Do Yeon will start filming for “Declaration of Emergency” after the release of her upcoming movie “Beasts that Cling to the Straw,” which premieres in theaters on February 12.


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January 9, 2020


Even without a hit, studios are still spending big: Local blockbusters struggle to profit but expect more in 2020


Source: INSIDE Korea JoongAng Daily


Clockwise from top are scenes from new films coming up in 2020: the local sci-fi blockbuster “Seobok,” musical film “Hero,” drama film “The Man Standing Next” and comedy “Secret Zoo.” [CJ ENTERTAINMENT, SHOWBOX, ACEMAKER MOVIE WORKS]

The centennial of Korean cinema turned out to be a record-setting year, with 220 million movie tickets sold in 2019. While many local film distributors see the growing numbers as a sign that the industry is growing, the reality is that the business continues to struggle to make a profit at the box office.


For instance, “Ashfall,” which was released in December, raised eyebrows months before its release due to its immense production cost of 26 billion won ($22.4 million). In order for the film to reach its break-even point, it needed to sell 7.3 million tickets.


As of Tuesday, the film has sold 7.6 million admissions on its 20th day of release, but judging from slowing ticket sales and the upcoming release of films such as “Dolittle” and “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” this week, it seems the film will have trouble reaping a significant profit.


Over the past few years industry experts have seen a jump in the number of local big-budget films being made. According to an annual report released by the Korean Film Council, in 2018, the average production cost of 40 commercial films that qualify as big-budget films (costing over 3 billion won to make) was 7.9 billion won, an increase of 7.8 percent compared to 2017.


However, the estimated profit made from those 40 films was found to be a deficit of 17.3 percent, a sharp decline compared to the year before when it reached a surplus of 18 percent. This was the first deficit recorded since 2012, and experts say that the primary cause lies in the lack of popularity of big-budget movies.


Nevertheless, a slew of expensive films of various genres are on the docket and already generating a buzz, as studios hope to attract audiences with star-studded casts and advanced visual effects (VFX) technology.


One of the most anticipated projects of the year is the tentatively titled “Seungriho.” The film is the first local large-scale sci-fi movie and is reported to have cost 24 billion won to make. Director Jo Sung-hee, who achieved success for his 2012 romantic fantasy film “A Werewolf Boy,” and actor Song Joong-ki reunited for the film seven years after last working together.


Actor Kim Tae-ri will also appear in the film playing the lead role of a spaceship captain. Actor Yoo Hae-jin plays a robot, and his character is the first robot made through motion capture technology used in a local film. The character is being animated by VFX house Dexter Studios, who also created the effects in the “Along with the Gods” series (2017/2018) and “Ashfall.”


“Seobok” by director Lee Yong-ju is about a former agent from the information bureau (played by Gong Yoo) who is on the brink of death. He eventually meets the world’s first human clone named Seobok (played by Park Bo-gum) to learn the secret to eternal life. The film is said to have cost 16 billion won to make.


Another highly-anticipated title is director Yeon Sang-ho’s “The Peninsula,” which will take audiences to a world four years after the zombie apocalypse that erupted in “Train to Busan” (2016). The movie stars Kang Dong-won, whose character is on a mission to fight off the powerful zombies.


On a slightly different note, the film “Emergency Announcement” (tentatively titled) by director Han Jae-rim is set on an airplane on alert due to a viral epidemic happening outside. The 15-billion-won film stars the duo from “Joint Security Area” (2000) - actors Song Kang-ho and Lee Byung-hun - playing characters working together to survive.


Stories related to North Korea are still a popular theme in the local film industry. The director of “The Berlin File” (2012), Ryu Seung-wan, is returning to the big screen through “Mogadishu,” which is based on a true story of workers from North and South Korean Embassies escaping the Somalia civil war in the 1990s. A cast of veteran actors including Zo In-sung, Kim Yoon-suk and Huh Joon-ho will appear in the film, which cost 15 billion won to make.


“Summit: Steel Rain” by director Yang Woo-suk places the three leaders of the United States, North and South Korea in jeopardy when they are trapped in a North Korean nuclear submarine. Actor Jung Woo-sung, who portrayed a North Korean spy agent in “Steel Rain” (2017) plays the South Korean president in this film, and Kwak Do-won plays a North Korean secondary leader who leads a military coup. The North leader is featured by Yoo Yeon-seok.


Many renowned directors are also expected to make a comeback this year. Director Lee Joon-ik, who was behind the black-and-white film “Dongju: The Portrait of a Poet,” is back with black-and-white film “Jasaneobo” based on a historical figure Jeong Yak-jeon (1758-1816), who is a scholar from the Joseon Dynasty (1319-1910). “Jasaneobo” is the marine biology book that the scholar researched for and wrote during his 14-year-exile.


The film goes on to describe how the renowned scholar (played by actor Seol Kyung-gu) writes the book along with the help of a local peasant named Chang-dae (played by Byun Yo-han).


Director Yim Soon-rye is the first female director to work on a blockbuster worth more than10 billion won with her upcoming film “Bargain” (tentatively titled). Actors Hwang Jung-min and Hyun Bin will take on the roles of a diplomat and a National Intelligence Service agent on a rescue mission to save a Korean kidnapped in the Middle East.


Director Yoon Jae-kyun is behind the first local musical film “Hero” about the independence activist Ahn Jung-geun (1879-1910). Actor Jung Sung-hwa, who’s played Ahn on stage since 2009, will play the lead role.


BY NA WON-JEONG, KANG HYE-RAN AND LEE JAE-LIM [lee.jaelim@joongang.co.kr]

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January 29, 2020


Movie Information:

EMERGENCY DECLARATION to start filming in March

Source: Naver via Extreme Movie




As early as March, they will begin filming the movie Emergency Declaration (director Han Jae Rim). The aviation disaster movie has emerged as one of the most anticipated works produced this year due to the collaboration of three top Korean stars recognized as representative actors of Korean films both at home and abroad.


Emergency Declaration depicts the struggles of those who died to prevent disasters inside the aircraft. Song Kang Ho and Lee Byung Hun will be playing characters struggling on the ground & on the plane to protect loved ones, and overcoming the disaster. Jeon Do Yeon is playing the role of minister.


An official of the production announced on January 28, "We are also working on casting the rest of the cast in addition to the main roles."



Director: Han Jae Rim (The Show Must Go On, The King)

Starring: Song Kang Ho, Lee Byung Hun, Jeon Do Yeon

Distribution: Showbox

Net production cost. 15 billion ₩ (approx: 12 Million USD)


A disaster thriller about the story that ensues when an aircraft disaster declares an emergency declaration


2020 opening


Source: BillyRocks_13



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January 29, 2020



Actress Looks to Reunite with LEE Byung-hun and SONG Kang-ho

by Pierce Conran KOFIC



According to her agency Management SOOP, JEON Do-yeon is positively considering an offer to appear in the upcoming disaster film Emergency Declaration (literal title). Is she signs on, she will join a cast that already includes acting titans SONG Kang-ho and LEE Byung-hun in a film to be directed by The King (2017) helmer HAN Jae-rim.


Though full details are not yet known, the film will focus on a plane that must make an emergency landing.


JEON Do-yeon and LEE Byung-hun have previously appeared together on screen in The Harmonium in My Memory (1999), Memories of the Sword (2015) and ASHFALL (2019), in which JEON makes a special appearance and which is currently in theaters. Meanwhile JEON has also co-starred with SONG Kang-ho in one of her most memorable films, Secret Sunshine (2007), a role that earned her a Best Actress Award from the Cannes Film Festival.


The actress’ most recent starring role was in the drama Birthday (2019), while she is slated to be back in theatres next month in the thriller BEASTS CLAWING AT STRAWS, which will screen in competition at the International Film Festival Rotterdam.


Following ASHFALL (2019), LEE will be back in theatres next week for the period political thriller The Man Standing Next. SONG starred in BONG Joon-ho’s PARASITE and the period drama The King’s Letters in 2019.


Director HAN’s previous films also include Rules of Dating (2005), and The Show Must Go On (2007) and The Face Reader (2013), both starring SONG Kang-ho. Emergency Declaration will begin shooting after casting has been finalized and will be distributed by CJ Entertainment. 

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Even with the cautious mood surrounding the nCoV outbreak, hopefully the filming of EMERGENCY DECLARATION will move as planned i.e. to start filming in March. Currently, Lee Byung Hun has no public event, perhaps rehearsing for his role in the movie (presuming it's a role he hasn't portrayed before). Jeon Do Yeon on the other hand is likely busy with her new movie promos which the release was delayed from Feb 12 to Feb 19. Even though there's no public events in crowded places, there would be other means to promote.. via tv, radio, media interviews etc.


And of course, man of the hour (apart from Dir. Bong Joon Ho of Parasite), Song Kang Ho has also returned to Korea from the Oscars and will start filming soon.. obviously after a lot of post-Oscar events for Parasite.


All the very best to all of them, especially anticipating another great work in the Korean movie industry.


February 13, 2020


After Oscars, ‘Parasite’ stars are booked and busy: Now beloved at home and abroad, the actors have a lot on their plates this year


Source: INSIDE Korea JoongAng Daily  (SKH related excerpt only)


The cast returned to Korea on Tuesday morning, and even after a 13-hour flight, they were beaming with pride, smiling for the photographers who were there to greet them. After the whirlwind success of “Parasite,” naturally many people are wondering what’s next for the film’s stars.


The most attention is on Song, a major star in Korea in his own right, who has come to be known internationally as director Bong Joon-ho’s muse for the number of films he has done with the award-winning director. “Parasite” was Song’s fourth lead role in a Bong film after “Memories of Murder” (2003), “The Host” (2006) and “Snowpiercer” (2013).


When asked if he was willing to work with Bong for a fifth time at a press conference after the Academy Awards, Song sarcastically replied that he was “not so sure.”


“[The characters I played] were so tiring. I had to live in an underground apartment and had to get soaked in the rain. Maybe if the next character is like the CEO [that Lee Sun-kyun played], I’ll think about it,” Song said.


searchdoc.gif Song’s next film is “Emergency Announcement” (translated) from director Han Jae-rim. The disaster movie is set on an airplane on high alert due to an epidemic happening outside. It’s the actor’s third collaboration with Han after “The Show Must Go On” (2007) and “The Face Reader” (2013). Anticipation for the film is high as it stars Song and actor Lee Byung-hun in the lead roles.


aeroplane.gif This seems like an audition notice held in January for the supporting cast of EMERGENCY DECLARATION. Capture from Naver cafe blog.



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February 20, 2020


Parasite’ Star Song Kang-ho To Lead Stellar Cast of ‘Emergency Declaration’ (EXCLUSIVE)




Lee Byung-hun, Song Kang-ho, and Jeon Do-yeon

“Parasite” star Song Kang-ho will head the cast of airborne disaster action move “Emergency Declaration.” Jeon Do-yeon and Lee Byung-hun co-star, making “Declaration” one of the powerful casts ever assembled in a Korean movie.


The film is in pre-production and aiming for an end-of-year release. Leading studio Showbox will begin pre-sales during this week’s European Film Market.


Showbox pitches it as ”an airborne blockbuster about an aircraft forced to declare an emergency when an unprecedented terror incident occurs in-flight.” It is to be directed by Han Jae-rim, who previously enjoyed success with “The King” and the Song-starring 2013 drama “The Face Reader.”


Jeon won a best actor award at Cannes in 2007 for “Secret Sunshine,” and has other credits that include “Untold Scandal” and “The Housemaid.” Lee is one of Korea’s finest thespians and a rarity who has managed to build a career on both sides of the Pacific. His Hollywood titles include “G.I. Joe” and “Reds” while his Korean roles include “Ashfall,” “I Saw the Devil,” “A Bittersweet Life” and “JSA: Joint Security Area.”

Song has been the face of Korean cinema for two decades, with a career that tracks many of its landmark moments. His standout roles include “Shiri” (1999) directed by Kang Je-gyu; Kim Jee-woon’s wrestling comedy “The Foul King” (2000); Park Chan-wook’s “Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance” (2002); and Bong Joon-ho’s “Memories of Murder” (2003) and “Snowpiercer” in 2013. He was last year the first Asian actor to be honored by the Locarno film festival with its Excellence Award.

At Berlin, Showbox is also representing upcoming titles “Sinkhole,” a disaster drama about a house that is swallowed up, now in post; fantasy drama “Our Season”; and comedy action film “The Golden Holiday,” about a family holiday in the Philippines that turns into a murder investigation. It is also selling the drama “The Man Standing Next,” which stars Lee Byung in a tale of espionage and political maneuvering that last month grossed $34 million.

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March 30, 2020


Song Kang Ho x Lee Byung Hun's starring 'Emergency Declaration' postponed to May


Source:  News1DongA.com ++ (Google-translate)





The crank-in of the movie 'Emergency Declaration' (director Han Jae Rim) has been postponed. 


According to officials on the 30th, the production of 'Emergency Declaration' was originally scheduled to start in March, but the filming was delayed in the aftermath of the new coronavirus infection (Covid-19).  "We have put the time a little back to make sure we are ready." 

Due to the worldwide virus outbreak, various filming schedules at home and abroad have been suspended. As stagnant domestic multiplexes ceased ticket sales, there was also an emergency situation in supplying new works that would otherwise attract the attention of the audience.


Director Han Jae Rim's 'Emergency Declaration', which cost about 20 billion won (USD 16 million), the largest level of domestic movie production, was scheduled to be filmed in March, but it's been reported that Crank-in was pushed back to May.


'Emergency Declaration' is an aerial disaster film starring actors Song Kang-ho and Lee Byung-hun. An official from the film industry said, “The staff were chosen for the pre-production scheduled in March, but it haven't started filming. If we postpone shooting, other schedules will also suffer. One of the lead actors has a schedule for filming of other works starting May, so it is necessary to take action such as filming the film with/without the actor as a temporary measure. ”


Thanks to BillyRocks_13 for the highlight


176.gif Action Thriller Korean Movie Emergency Declaration Confirms Cast of Song Kang Ho, Lee Byung Hun, Jeon Do Yeon and Kim Nam Gil

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Kim Nam Gil Will Join Lee Byung Hun and Song Kang Ho in Upcoming Film ‘Emergency Declaration’

Actor Kim Nam Gil confirmed his appearance in director Han Hae Rim’s new film, Emergency Declaration (literal translation), completing the luxurious cast.


Credit: NAVER Movie


According to a source, Kim Nam Gil recently decided to appear in Emergency Declaration and is currently working on the details with the production team. The film is about an aviation disaster. Also the fact that the movie is going to be a Korean-style disaster blockbuster with a budget of 20 billion KRW (approx. 1,632,034 USD), caught the attention.


Previously, Lee Byung Hun and Song Kang Ho confirmed their roles in the film, drawing keen attention. In addition, actor Jeon Do Yeon has decided to appear in the film as a minister.


Meanwhile, Emergency Declaration was originally scheduled to start filming at the end of March, but various circumstances, including coronavirus, delayed the schedule to May.



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Production in Song Kang-ho and Lee Byung-hun film halted due to coronavirus

March 30, 2020



Actors Song Kang-ho and Lee Byung-hun’s next film “Declare Emergency” (translation) has not been able to start production due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, according to local media outlet Sports Chosun on Monday. 

The film’s distribution company Showbox told the outlet that they “have delayed the start of the film’s production due to the outbreak.” The movie was supposed to start shooting this month. 

“It’s difficult for us to decide when to go into production as we cannot predict [whether or not the outbreak will subside],” the company said. 

As of now, the film’s production has been pushed back to May. 

The aviation apocalypse film set on an airplane tells the story of characters in a predicament over where and how to land the aircraft as a virus breaks out on the ground below. 

The film garnered a great of attention when it was announced that Song would be playing a lead role, especially after his success with director Bong Joon-ho’s “Parasite” that reaped trophies from the Cannes Film Festival, The Golden Globes, the Bafta Awards and the Academy Awards. 

On top of that, the film is set to be Song and Lee’s fourth film together. The two have appeared together in “Joint Security Area” (2000), “The Good. The Bad, The Weird” (2008) and “The Age of Shadows” (2016), all of which were box office hits. 


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March 31, 2020


Actor Song Kang-ho's New Project Put on Hold Due to Coronavirus


Source: The Chosun Ilbo



The coronavirus outbreak has put "Parasite" star Song Kang-ho's new film project on hold as the film's production company has decided to delay shooting.


Showbox on Monday said it made the decision to ensure the safety of actors and staff. "But we are not sure when we can start shooting" as the outbreak drags on, it added.


The film revolves around an airline pilot who encounters a problem during a flight and is forced to make an emergency landing.


It has already generated much buzz for its star-studded cast, which includes Song, Lee Byung-hun, Jeon Do-yeon and Kim Nam-gil. 

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Filming suspended indefinitely as COVID-19 spreads

By Choi Ji-won | Apr 1, 2020



Actors Lee Byung-hun (left) and Ha Jung-woo attend a press conference for the film “Ashfall” in Seoul on Nov. 19, 2019. Lee and Ha have been cast for upcoming films “Emergency Declaration” and “Kidnapped,” respectively. (Yonhap)

The impact of the novel coronavirus on the film industry may continue into early next year, as films not only postpone imminent releases, but suspend shootings and push back entire production schedules.


Filming of blockbuster aviation disaster flick “Emergency Declaration,” originally scheduled to start last month, has been postponed, according to the film’s distributor and investor Showbox.


“As the film is set inside a plane, it’s a big project in itself and requires more preparations compared to other films. With the coronavirus outbreak continuing, we have decided to take things more slowly,” a Showbox official told The Korea Herald on Wednesday, adding it is undecided when the shooting would start.


Helmed by director Han Je-rim of “The King” (2017) and “The Face Reader” (2013) and featuring a star-studded cast of Song Kang-ho, Lee Byung-hun, Jeon Do-yon and Kim Nam-gil, the film was a highly anticipated action-disaster flick.


Films with overseas sets have been hit hard by the COVID-19 spread, as travel has become restricted. 


Last week, the crew and cast of “Bogota,” including lead actor Song Joong-ki, returned from Colombia as filming was suspended. The crime flick about a Korean man who moves to the South American country was expected to be shot mostly in Colombia.


“The entire ‘Bogota’ team is returning as of now. Their safety is of the utmost priority and we will decide on how to proceed with the shootings while monitoring the situation,” the film’s distributor Megabox Plus M said last week.


“Kidnapped,” starring Ha Jung-woo and Ju Ji-hoon, also put an early hold on the film's production in Morocco. Filming was scheduled to have started in March, but no new schedule has been decided on for now, the film’s distributor Showbox said. 


Producers of the blockbuster “Negotiations,” featuring Hyun Bin and Hwang Jung-min, have tentatively called off filming in Jordan, proceeding with scenes in Korea first.


Actors Hwang Jung-min (left) and Hyun Bin are expected to star in an upcoming film "Negotiation." (Yonhap)


Yet even films being shot in Korea are finding it difficult to continue. A studio complex operated by the Korea Creative Content Agency in Daejeon -- Studio Cube -- reports seeing cancellations since the outbreak of the virus early this year.


“The six studios in the complex were reserved for nearly 1,600 days (total between them) last year, but we’re expecting less than 1,000 days for this year. Even that might be difficult,” an official from Studio Cube told The Korea Herald.


“Although we’re supported by the government, regarding the operations of the studios, the impact (from COVID-19) is huge even for us, and probably even worse for private studios,” the official said.


According to the official, two of the four big productions that had planned to use the studio this year had canceled reservations.


As the public is told to stay away from mass gatherings, locations often used for film shoots -- schools, hospitals and government properties -- are increasingly refusing to allow filming on site as it typically involves around 100 people gathering.


Meanwhile, Korean cinemas are seeing the lowest audience numbers in decades.


According to Korea Film Council data, around 1.83 million people visited the cinema last month. This is the lowest figure in KOFIC’s data since 2004, and nearly one-eighth of the number of people who went to the movies in the same period last year. 


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

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