As a result, some of Korea’s top filmmakers, including Park Chan-wook, Bong Joon-ho, Lee Joon-ik, Choi Dong-hoon and Ryoo Seung-wan, decide not to attend the festival, and the red carpet parade presented less Korean star guests than previous years. Also absent were Lee Yong-kwan the festival director on whose watch the clashes occurred, and Seo Byung-soo, the city mayor who split the industry, and who has since resigned his ex officio chairmanship of the festival.
The opening ceremony of the 21st Biff Thursday night was held under the open air Busan Cinema Center’s signature big roof. And it left more space than usual for members of the public.
Major Korean guests who did attend included filmmaker Kim Ki-duk and his cast for “The Net,