1965 (age 54–55)
|Other names||Kim-Jho Kwang-soo |
|Alma mater||Hanyang University|
|Occupation||Film director, |
|Revised Romanization||Gim-Jo Gwang-su|
|Revised Romanization||Gim Gwang-su|
Kim Gwang-soo was born in Seongbuk District, Seoul. He admitted his sexual orientation 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.
He collaborated with director Leesong Hee-il to produce the 2006 film No Regret, considered to be "the first real Korean gay feature." 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.
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. The preparations for their wedding and the ceremony itself was the subject of Jang Hee-sun's 2015 documentary My Fair Wedding.
- 2008 Boy Meets Boy
- 2009 Just Friends?
- 2010 Ghost (Be With Me)
- 2010 LOVE, 100°C
- 2012 Two Weddings and a Funeral
- 2014 One Night Only
- 2001 Wanee & Junah
- 2002 Jealousy Is My Middle Name
- 2004 So Cute
- 2005 The Red Shoes
- 2006 No Regret
- 2006 Old Miss Diary
- 2007 Boys of Tomorrow
- 2007 Pornmaking for Dummies
- 2007 Milky Way Liberation Front
- 2010 Ghost (Be With Me)
- 2010 Break Away
- 2011 Detective K: Secret of the Virtuous Widow
- 2011 The Client
- 2015 Detective K: Secret of the Lost Island
- 2019 Jo Pil-ho: The Dawning Rage
- Jung, Hyun-mok (17 March 2015). "Director reflects on struggles in filmmaking, gay activism". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2015-04-05.
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- Yoon, Min-sik (13 May 2013). "Openly gay director to marry boyfriend". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2014-02-09.
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- Kwaak, Je-yup (15 June 2012). "Gay-themed Weddings picks fun over logic". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2014-02-09.
- Chung, Jane (7 September 2013). "Gay South Korean film director marries his partner in public". Reuters. Retrieved 2014-02-09.
- "Gay Korean celebrity 'marries' partner". The Korea Herald. 8 September 2013. Retrieved 2014-02-09.
- Oh, Kyu-wook (9 September 2013). "First gay marriage stirs controversy". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2014-02-09.
- Kim, Jae-won (10 December 2013). "Same-sex couple seeks to gain legal status". The Korea Times. Archived from the original on 21 February 2014. Retrieved 2014-02-09.
- 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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