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Director:
Writer:
Ki-hyeong Park (writer)
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Release Date:
17 October 2003 (South Korea) See more »
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Plot:
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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Nice little horror film. See more (20 total) »

Cast

  (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
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Hee-tae Jeong
Jong-hwan Son
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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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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Akasia" - South Korea (original title)
"Root of Evil" - USA (video title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for violence and some language
Runtime:
103 min
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
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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13 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Nice little horror film., 9 January 2006
Author: cadillac20 from Culver City, California

While Acacia won't really wow anyone, it is a nice little film that is a bit surprising. Almost immediately there is a good establishment of creepiness, most of which comes from the excellent camera work and music. Then there is the little boy who was an excellent pick for the movie. The story is different from typical horror, but conforms to the typical Asian horror style of taking something average and making it into a nightmarish object of hell, in this case an Acacia tree in the backyard of a family.

The story tells about a young couple who wish to have a child. Since they have been unsuccessful in making one, they decide to adopt. They take into their home a 10 year old boy with an obsession for trees. Once home, he immediately comes to love their dying Acacia tree in the backyard. However, almost immediately after he is brought home, strange things start to happen. And when the family does have a child of their own, it only gets worse.

Yes, the movie is a bit slow, but there are enough familiar elements, and the story is interesting enough to warrant a complete viewing. Both the camera-work and the acting is excellent, as well as the direction. Some of the shots are noteworthy and the sense of horror here is both subdued and in the cheese arena. You might find yourself giggling at some of the scenes, but the by the end, you should find yourself with something that you have enjoyed. One other positive note is that this film isn't complicated. There may be a bit of confusion throughout, but by the end, it is a pretty clear story, something that seems to be a bit rare in Asian cinema. So, if you don't mind your Asian horror straight up, then you might wanna give this a try.

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