Buckle up as aviation disaster movie ‘Emergency Declaration’ lands in Singapore this August

Emergency Declaration

When was the last time you caught an action-packed Korean disaster film that got you jumping in your seats?  The latest K-movie, Emergency Declaration, is sure to make you jump out of your seats when it releases this August in Singapore. And, read on to find out how to win complimentary movie tickets in our giveaway! 

Boasting a star-studded cast, the intensely thrilling, highly-anticipated aviation disaster film Emergency Declaration was first screened at the 74th Cannes Film Festival in 2021 and the director and cast in attendance received a standing ovation for close to 10 minutes at the Cannes screening. The widely-anticipated disaster thriller about a lethal virus outbreak on a plane is set to be screened in 194 countries till date.

Why you should watch Emergency Declaration

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What audiences can look out for in this well-made project would be how Director Han Jae Rim ensured that there is continuity throughout the film despite so many different spaces and characters in the air and on land. The actors shared that it was a huge help to their performances to have a shooting guide that was so detailed, it was something close to an animated film. It wouldn’t have been possible without Director Han having spent six months of the pre-production period finalising decisions related to the production design, cinematography, lighting, and VFX and putting them into the continuity book.

The art team constructed a set in an aircraft flown in from abroad. The actual components in the aircraft were kept in its original state while special accommodations were made to ensure the safety of the cast. Real interior airplane lighting was used as much as possible and high-sensitivity shooting was used for the most realistic airline lighting. All the various teams on the crew worked together organically to create the most authentic look possible for Emergency Declaration, to give audiences a convincing, lifelike experience.

An introduction to Emergency Declaration’s characters and cast

Emergency Declaration - Song Kang-Ho

Song Kang-Ho, who won the Best Actor Award at the 75th Cannes Film Festival for his role in Broker (2022), takes on the role of In-ho who prays for the safe return of his wife, while giving everything he has as a police detective to solve the crisis from the ground.

Emergency Declaration - Lee Byung-Hun

Lee Byung-Hun, well remembered for his stellar performances in the Korean film industry , takes on the role of a somewhat ordinary father. Having experienced a fear of flying himself, Lee used this experience to better express the emotions of Jae-hyuk in this moment of chaos on the plane. This character who shows fear and panic, but also a resolve to save the other passengers, is sure to leave a strong impression on viewers.

Jeon Do Hyun, who won the Best Actress Award at the 60th Cannes Film Festival for her character in Secret Sunshine (2007), plays the role of Transport Minister Sook Hee. She plays a leader who must remain calm in the most chaotic situation possible. Even as Sook-hee experiences her own sense of fear and despair, she works to resolve the situation and prevent the country from falling into panic.

Emergency Declaration - Kim Nam-gil

Kim Nam-gil, known for his versatility in acting in both commercial and artistic films, takes on the role of the co-pilot Hyun-soo who finds himself going back and forth the cockpit to the cabin in an attempt to resolve the crisis while managing the emotions of the passengers after a sudden death on the plane.

Emergency Declaration - Yim Si-wan

Yim Si-wan, better known for his roles in popular dramas Misaeng and Strangers from Hell (2019), plays Jin Seok, a man with no destination. After loitering about Incheon International Airport and asking for a flight with the most number of passengers, he was seen by Jae-hyuk’s daughter as he carried out something in secret. Annoyed, he finds out Jae-hyuk’s destination and buys a ticket for the same flight.

Kim So-jin, who has been a familiar face in the Korean film industry and worked with other cast members in other films, plays the role of the head flight attendant Hee-jin who was considering wrapping up her career in the sky after this flight. During the flight to Hawaii, a man dies of mysterious causes, and she exerts all of her efforts to keep the passengers from panicking. 

Park Hae Joon, who gained worldwide recognition for his role in The World of Married (2020), takes on the role of Tae-su, the head of the presidential crisis management centre in Emergency Declaration. Tae-su having to make the most realistic decisions to protect the nation during this unprecedented disaster is one that audiences will resonate with in the time of COVID-19.

Synopsis of Emergency Declaration

Veteran chief police detective In-ho (Song Kang-Ho) receives a tip about a man threatening a terrorist attack against a plane. While investigating, he discovers that the suspect has boarded flight no. KI501. 

Despite his phobia of flying, Jae-hyuk (Lee Byung-Hun) decides to go to Hawaii for the sake of his daughter’s health. At the airport, he is distracted by a strange man who hangs around, speaking to them in a menacing way. 

Flight no. KI501 departs Incheon Airport for Hawaii, but soon afterwards a man dies for mysterious reasons. Fear and chaos spread quickly, not only inside the plane, but also on land.

Hearing this news, Transport Minister Sook-hee (Jeon Do-Yeon) sets up a counterterrorism task force and calls an emergency meeting to find a way to land the airplane.


If you haven’t been to the cinema in a while, this may be a good action movie to excite your senses! And we’re giving away five pairs of complimentary movie passes to Emergency Declaration’s Singapore premiere on 27th July 2022 (Wednesday), 645PM at Golden Village Vivocity! Find out how you can win a pair of tickets below.

How to Win!

All you need to do is to 1) follow (x)clusive & Encore Films on Instagram, 2) like the giveaway post, leave a comment telling us why you want to watch this movie, and tag the person you want to watch the movie with! The contest ends on 24th July 2022 (Sunday), 2359H (Singapore time). Five (5) lucky winners will be picked at random and contacted via DM. 

Good luck!

Emergency Declaration opens in Singapore on 4th August 2022.

Much thanks to the team at Encore Films for the movie passes!

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