Kim Jho Gwangsoo

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Kim Jho Gwang-soo
Kim Jho Gwangsoo wedding.jpg
Born Kim Gwang-soo
1965 (age 51–52)
Seongbuk District, Seoul, South Korea
Other names Kim Jho Kwang-soo
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 Kwang-su
Birth name
Hangul 김광수
Revised Romanization Gim Gwang-su
McCune–Reischauer Kim Kwang-su

Kim Jho Gwang-soo (Hangul김조광수; born 1965), also known as Peter Kim, is a South Korean film director, screenwriter, film producer and LGBT rights activist.[1][2]


Kim Gwang-soo was born in Seongbuk District, Seoul. He came out of the closet in 2006, and legally changed his name to Kim Jho Gwang-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.[3]

He collaborated with director Leesong Hee-il to produce the 2006 film No Regret, considered to be "the first real Korean gay feature."[4] 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.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Kim Jho held a public, non-legal wedding ceremony with film distributor David Kim Seung-hwan (his partner since 2004), in Seoul on September 7, 2013, the first of its kind in the country which does not recognize same-sex marriages.[6][7][8][9] The preparations for their wedding and the ceremony itself was the subject of Jang Hee-sun's 2015 documentary My Fair Wedding.[10]





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  1. ^ Jung, Hyun-mok (17 March 2015). "Director reflects on struggles in filmmaking, gay activism". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2015-04-05. 
  2. ^ Kim, Su-yeon (23 February 2015). "Interview: KIMJHO Kwang-soo, CEO of Generation Blue Films: "I want to create a unique filmography for Generation Blue Films"". Korean Cinema Today. Retrieved 2015-04-05. 
  3. ^ Yoon, Min-sik (13 May 2013). "Openly gay director to marry boyfriend". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2014-02-09. 
  4. ^ Bertolin, Paolo (6 February 2007). "Korean Presence Strong at 57th Berlin Film Festival". The Korea Times via Hancinema. Retrieved 2010-12-06.
  5. ^ Kwaak, Je-yup (15 June 2012). "Gay-themed Weddings picks fun over logic". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2014-02-09. 
  6. ^ Chung, Jane (7 September 2013). "Gay South Korean film director marries his partner in public". Reuters. Retrieved 2014-02-09. 
  7. ^ "Gay Korean celebrity 'marries' partner". The Korea Herald. 8 September 2013. Retrieved 2014-02-09. 
  8. ^ Oh, Kyu-wook (9 September 2013). "First gay marriage stirs controversy". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2014-02-09. 
  9. ^ Kim, Jae-won (10 December 2013). "Same-sex couple seeks to gain legal status". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2014-02-09. 
  10. ^ Baek, Byung-yeul (17 May 2015). "My Fair Wedding documents gay marriage with loving touch". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2015-05-27. 

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