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17 October 2003 (South Korea) See more »
After unsuccessfully trying to have a baby of their own, Dr. Kim Do-il and his father convince his wife Choi Mi-sook to adopt a child in an orphanage... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Hye-jin Shim ... Choi, Mi-sook
Jin-geun Kim ... Kim, Do-il
Oh-bin Mun ... Kim, Jin-seong
Na-yoon Jeong ... Min-ji
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hee-tae Jeong
Jong-hwan Son

Directed by
Ki-hyeong Park 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ki-hyeong Park  writer

Produced by
Sungkyu Kang .... co-producer
Ki-hyeong Park .... co-producer
Yeong-shik Yu .... co-producer
Original Music by
Man-Sik Choi 
Cinematography by
Hyeon-je Oh 
Film Editing by
Sung-Won Hahm  (as Seong-weon Ham)

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Also Known As:
"Akasia" - South Korea (original title)
"Root of Evil" - USA (video title)
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Rated R for violence and some language
103 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Philippines:R-13 | Singapore:PG (edited for re-rating) | Singapore:NC-16 (original rating) | South Korea:15 | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | USA:R


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Fine, if you like films where nothing happens, 18 May 2013
Author: Leofwine_draca from United Kingdom

Acacia is a film that brings new meaning to the definition of 'slow-moving'. It's a South Korean oddity and addition to the ever-popular cycle of ghostly horrors, eschewing the typical long-haired vengeful female spirits in favour of a creepy kid and a decidedly odd tree growing in the back garden. Despite lots of potential and some hints at something genuinely unsettling, this turns out to be one of those films that's all style over substance.

The running time clocks in at one hour forty-five minutes, but there's only enough plot for a half-hour short. Inevitably, that means lots of scenes are d-r-a-g-g-e-d out endlessly while the viewer checks both their watch and growing impatience with the film's steadfast refusal to provide concrete detail or meaning. There's plenty of attempted spookiness, yes, and a couple of half-decent scare sequences thrown into the mix, but it's nowhere near enough to sustain such a long movie.

To make matters worse, the cast and crew don't help. Writer/director Park Ki-hyeong ably handled the high-school ghost story WHISPERING CORRIDORS, but he does badly here, failing to make much of the premise. It doesn't help that his script sucks, failing to provide even one sympathetic character, and those that exist are underwritten. The wife is miserable and unappealing from the start, while we never get to know the husband. The creepy kid is okay, but the film needs more than that to get by.

It all leads to a distinctly underwhelming climax that solves one plot mystery only to leave another half dozen unsolved. Come the end, you're left wondering 'was that it?' instead of having been wowed or impressed in any way.

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