‘Emergency Declaration’ Screening Spotlights Korean Cinema

An air-conditioned refuge from the blistering Southern California heat, Koreatown’s CGV theater is packed with excited moviegoers scrambling to their seats. The crowd whispers amongst themselves, munching on popcorn as they settle in to watch an exclusive showing of “Emergency Declaration.”

Ahead of the Korean film’s U.S. release on Aug. 12, Character Media, Joseon Empire and IW Group hosted a screening of the aviation disaster flick on Aug. 10. Directed by Han Jae-rim, “Emergency Declaration” stars Song Kang-ho (“Parasite”), Lee Byung-hun (“Our Blues”), Jeon Do-yeon (“The Good Wife”) and Kim Nam-gil (“Memoir of a Murderer”) as a group of citizens racing to save lives in the aftermath of a bio-terrorism plot orchestrated by a vengeful passenger, played by Lim Siwan (“The Merciless”).

The fun of the evening started with a star-studded red carpet reception. Celebrities like Dante Basco, Hudson Yang, Joshua Dela Cruz, Shuang Hu and Debbie Sath answered fun questions about their travel preferences, the significance of Asian media in the western mainstream, and more. To catch all the juicy answers, be sure to check out our red carpet recap video, coming soon!

Following the screening, guests made their way to Star Night, a Korean gastropub located across the street from the CGV theater. The evening closed out with an endless amount of tasty Korean dishes, drinks and of course, a chance to party and soak in the cool evening breeze.