Kim Jho Kwang-soo

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Kim Jho.
Kim Jho Kwang-soo
Born Kim Kwang-soo
1965 (age 49–50)
Seongbuk District, Seoul, South Korea
Other names Kim Jho Gwangsoo
Peter Kim
Alma mater Hanyang University
Occupation Film director
Film producer
Korean name
Hangul 김조광수
Hanja 金趙光秀
Revised Romanization Gim Jo-gwang-su
McCune–Reischauer Kim Cho-gwang-su
Birth name
Hangul 김광수
Revised Romanization Gim Gwang-su
McCune–Reischauer Kim Gwang-su

Kim Jho Kwang-soo (Hangul: 김조광수; born 1965), also known as Peter Kim, is a South Korean film director, screenwriter, film producer and LGBT rights activist.


Kim Kwang-soo was born in Seongbuk District, Seoul. He came out of the closet in 2006, and legally changed his name to Kim Jho Kwang-soo. Kim Jho is one of South Korea's few openly gay film directors and has been involved in the production of several works with LGBT themes.[1]

He collaborated with director Leesong Hee-il to produce the 2006 film No Regret, considered to be "the first real Korean gay feature."[2] In 2008, he directed and wrote his first short film, Boy Meets Boy as well as two follow-ups: Just Friends? (2009) and LOVE, 100°C (2010). His first feature film, Two Weddings and a Funeral was released in 2012.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Kim Jho held a public, non-legal wedding ceremony with film distributor David Kim Seung-hwan (his same-sex partner since 2004), in Seoul on September 7, 2013, the first of its kind in the country which does not recognize same-sex marriages.[4][5][6][7]





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  1. ^ Yoon, Min-sik (13 May 2013). "Openly gay director to marry boyfriend". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2014-02-09. 
  2. ^ Bertolin, Paolo (6 February 2007). "Korean Presence Strong at 57th Berlin Film Festival". The Korea Times via Hancinema. Retrieved 2010-12-06.
  3. ^ Kwaak, Je-yup (15 June 2012). "Gay-themed Weddings picks fun over logic". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2014-02-09. 
  4. ^ Chung, Jane (7 September 2013). "Gay South Korean film director marries his partner in public". Reuters. Retrieved 2014-02-09. 
  5. ^ "Gay Korean celebrity 'marries' partner". The Korea Herald. 8 September 2013. Retrieved 2014-02-09. 
  6. ^ Oh, Kyu-wook (9 September 2013). "First gay marriage stirs controversy". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2014-02-09. 
  7. ^ Kim, Jae-won (10 December 2013). "Same-sex couple seeks to gain legal status". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2014-02-09. 

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