Two Weddings and a Funeral

DIRECTOR: Kim Jho Gwang-Soo

Expected to attend: director Gwang-soo Kimjho.

With quirky humor and wrenching heartbreak, the coming-out process takes center stage in Two Weddings and a Funeral, a witty, insightful, and ultimately triumphant celebration of what it means to be gay. Min-Soo (Kim Dong-Yoon), a young doctor in present-day South Korea, lives in fear of his parents discovering his homosexuality (frowned upon in the Korean culture). His solution: to marry his pretty obstetrician co-worker Hyo-Jin (Ryan Hyoun-Kyoung), who lives in the apartment across the hall with her lesbian lover. Both can then pretend to live together and pass themselves off as heterosexual. Min-Soo (and his boyfriend) need not fear his parent’s visits, and Hyo-Jin can qualify to adopt a toddler to raise with her girlfriend.

All seems to go well until Min-Soo’s parents begin to get suspicious, forcing Min-Soo to realize that living only to please others often does everyone more harm than good. An unexpected, tragic turn of events enables Min-Soo to claim ownership of his sexuality and to access tremendous courage deep within himself.

Directed with a light but serious and poignant touch by openly gay film director Kim Jho Gwang Soo, featuring a sparkling musical soundtrack, and boasting first-rate ensemble performances by the entire cast, Two Weddings and a Funeral is a nuanced, vibrant, and heroic portrait of the agonies and ecstasies of coming to terms with who you are, despite what anyone else thinks.

— TIM SIKA

Co-presented by:
Center for Asian American Media (CAAM)

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