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Art and Culture1 Updated: 2012-08-13 00:00:00 KST

It's the start of a fresh new week and of course, our Michelle Kim here with us to give us the updates on the latest events we can attend. Today, she has two movies and a K-pop exhibition for us to enjoy.

Hello Michelle

[Reporter : ] Hello Conn-young

So what do you have for us today[Reporter : ] Two Korean comedies hit theaters last Wednesday. Both are set during the Joseon Dynasty, but that's where the similarities end. "I Am a King" is a light-hearted yet introspective film about the life of King Sejong and "The Grand Heist" is a comedic caper about a band of thieves.

King Sejong is often cited as the greatest ruler in Korean history. But what was his life like

[Interview : Joo Ji-hoon, Actor] "King Sejong achieved so much for Korea. I believe he was able to do this because he worked with commoners and did what was really necessary and good for the people."

The film has been extensively researched but was inspired in part by "The Prince and The Pauper."
The Korean prince, who has lived a quiet and restricted life, leaves the palace disguised as the servant Deok-chil, where he is able to see how ordinary people are living.

The other Joseon-era comedy is "The Grand Heist," which eschews power struggles and palace intrigue for a good old-fashioned caper, this one involving ice.
During the Joseon Dynasty, ice was a symbol of wealth and power that was much more precious than gold.
In the film, 10 of the greatest thieves of the time team up to steal ice from Seobinggo, the royal storage house.

The two films have already attracted a lot of fans. "The Grand Heist" is currently No. 2 at the box office behind another heist film, "The Thieves," and "I Am a King" is in the No. 3 spot.
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