Emergency Act 19

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Emergency Act 19
Emergency Act 19 film poster.jpg
Theatrical poster
Hangul 19
Hanja 19
Revised Romanization Gimgeubjochi 19ho
McCune–Reischauer Kin’gŭp choch‘i 19ho
Directed by Kim Tae-gyu
Produced by Song Chang-yong
Written by Kim Sung-dong
Lee Seung-guk
Starring Kim Jang-hoon
Hong Kyung-min
Gong Hyo-jin
Noh Joo-hyun
Music by Seok Seong-won
Ju Yeong-hun
Cinematography Hwang Seo-shik
Edited by Park Soon-duk
Distributed by SS1 Cinema
Release date
  • July 19, 2002 (2002-07-19)
Running time
107 minutes
Country South Korea
Language Korean

Emergency Act 19 (Hangul긴급조치 19호; RRGimgeubjochi 19ho) is a satirical 2002 South Korean film about a government act that prohibits popular music, passed in response to a number of musicians being elected to government elsewhere in the world. It is notable for the numerous K-pop stars that make appearances in the film. The film's English title is sometimes given as Emergency Measure 19 or Emergency 19.[1]


Troubled by the growing worldwide trend of pop singers being elected as politicians, the President of South Korea orders his Chief Secretary to invoke "Emergency Act 19". This new law criminalizes all pop singers, and the army is deployed on the streets of Seoul to round them up. One pop star, Hong Kyung-min, is arrested while performing a concert, but his angry fans mob the soldiers as they try to take him away. The Chief Secretary's teenage daughter, Min-ji, is amongst the fans, and leading her idol to safety gives him her phone number. Kyung-min finally makes a getaway with his friend and fellow pop star, Kim Jang-hoon.

Once Jang-hoon and Kyung-min become fully aware of the situation, they contact Min-ji who is able to hide the two singers in a secret location. The Chief Secretary finds out that his daughter is working against him, and when she refuses to give them up he has false news reports created, accusing the singers of sexually assaulting minors. Meanwhile, more pop stars are rounded up by the authorities who are now aided by another singer, Ju Yeong-hun, who decides to betray his friends in order to save himself.

Angered by their tarnished reputations, Jang-hoon and Kyung-min acquire a gun from a shady weapons dealer, and with Min-ji's help they are able to take the Chief Secretary and his staff hostage. They take their captives to the park, where Min-ji has organized a mass demonstration with her friends and other music fans. The army arrive on the scene and engage the demonstrators in conflict, finally capturing Jang-hoon and Kyung-min. The Chief Secretary is able to walk free in all the chaos, but he is appalled by the violence and orders the fighting to stop, convincing the President to repeal the emergency act and restoring peace.


List of cameos[edit]

Besides the main cast, there are a number of K-pop singers and groups who make cameos in the film as themselves. They are:


Emergency Act 19 was released in South Korea on July 19, 2002, and received a total of 41,034 admissions in Seoul.[2]


  1. ^ Lee, Nancy (14 November 2012). "Six Cheesy Idol Movies to Watch on Movie Day". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 2012-11-14. 
  2. ^ "Ranked Box-Office Results for Seoul (2002)". Koreanfilm.org. Retrieved 2008-07-31.

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