[BIFF] Why This Year′s ′BIFF′ was More Important for Lee Byung Hun, Tang Wei and Lee Je Hoon
Every star has his or her reasons and backstory, but for some, the 17th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) was more important than any other.
The story behind Lee Byung Hun, Tang Wei and Lee Je Hoon′s attendance added sincerity to the day′s BIFF events.
Lee Byung Hun pushed back the filming schedules for his Hollywood film Red 2 in order to attend this year′s BIFF.
He started shooting in Canada since September, but as his Korean film Masquerade has been rolling through the Box Office with a big success and he himself has shown great affection for BIFF, he asked his producers to postpone his shoots for a while to return to Korea for the festival. He was able to appear on the red carpet with Ryu Seung Ryong, and smile and wave to his fans.
This year′s BIFF also meant a lot for the Chinese top star Tang Wei. In the 17 years it has taken place, BIFF has never had a foreigner host its ceremony until now.
Tang Wei has attended BIFF three years in a row, first starting with her appearance for the film Late Autumn in 2010. This year she was able to top off her visit by hosting the opening ceremony with actor Ahn Sung Ki.
One actor won′t be able to step on Busan soil again for the next two years. Lee Je Hoon is due to enter the military soon. He drew a 4 million audience to Architecture 101 with his naive role as Seung Min, but it will be a long time until his fans see him next as he will soon be entering the Whistle Theater Team to serve his duties for two years.
Lee Je Hoon, however, will get to say a grand goodbye as he hosts the closing ceremony with director Pang Eun Jin.
Photo credit: Hea Jung Min