Gay Korean filmmaker Kim Jho Kwang-soo (also known as Peter Kim) is releasing a new gay-themed movie this week in South Korea.
Two Weddings and a Funeral has plot similar to early Ang Lee film The Wedding Banquet (1993) – a gay man and a lesbian agree on a marriage of convenience to get their parents off their back, with hilarious consequences.
Kim worked with director Leesong Hee-il to produce No Regret in 2006, the first Korean feature film with a gay love-story. He also directed three short films with gay films: Boy Meets Boy, Just Friends? and Love, 100â„ƒ.
Straight actor Kim Dong Yong stars in Two Weddings and a Funeral as the gay doctor. He said in an interview that he got the part after well-known actors had turned it down. ‘This isn’t an opportunity to come to anyone, so it’s an honor to have taken the role,’ he said.
The actor said he wasn’t worried about receiving stigma from Korean society for playing a gay role. ‘Already, if you type my name in search engines, the word ‘gay’ comes up,’ he said. ‘If people think gay when they hear my name, doesn’t that mean I acted very well?’
Watch the trailer for Two Weddings and a Funeral here: