K-Movie: Emergency Act 19

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Also known as:
Emergency Measure 19

Language: Korean

Subtitle: English (Soft-subbed)

Release Date: 2002

Genre: Satire / Parody / Action / Comedy / Revolution


To some people, Emergency Measure 19 is no doubt a dream comes true. It has brought almost all the popular idols in Korea together. Try to imagine, Kangta, FinKL, ShinHwa, Click-B, Baby Vox, Ha Ri-Su, and many more are all in one single film! If you are a K-Pop fan, merely the cast list is already the biggest allurement for you to get the film.

The story of this film is quite illogical and whimsical. The Korean government is afraid that pop singers and their songs are having too much political influence, that the chief secretary has decided to pass a new law called "emergency measure 19" in which every pop singer in the country is to be arrested and jailed.

The establishment of such insane laws angers the fans and supporters of the singers and it results in a big strike that is going out of control... The plot is quite loose and is built up from many fragments that do not seem to be closely related, for instance, there is a scene where you see ShinHwa is being interrogated in a cell, then in another scene, Kangta is beating some government agents.

Most of these scenes are very funny and humorous, but don't expect any intense drama there. In addition, the film also contains some interesting political metaphors that may not appear too meaningful for outsiders who know nothing about the politics in Korea.

Kim Jang-hoon as himself
Hong Kyung-min as himself
Kong Hyo-jin as Min-ji
No Ju-hyeon as the Chief Secretary
Ju Yeong-hun as himself
Cameos: Baby V.O.X., Shinhwa, Kangta, Brown Eyes, Click-B
Fin.K.L, NRG, Can, Harisu, Chakra & Koyote

Watch HERE