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Acacia (2003)

Akasia (original title)
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. Mi-sook is connected to arts and ... See full summary »


Ki-hyeong Park


Ki-hyeong Park
1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »




Credited cast:
Hye-jin Shim ... Choi, Mi-sook
Jin-geun Kim Jin-geun Kim ... Kim, Do-il
Oh-bin Mun Oh-bin Mun ... Kim, Jin-seong
Na-yoon Jeong Na-yoon Jeong ... Min-ji
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hee-tae Jeong Hee-tae Jeong
Young-hee Lee Young-hee Lee ... Mi-sook's Mother
Jong-hwan Son Jong-hwan Son


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. Mi-sook is connected to arts and chooses the six years Kim Jin-sung that loves to draw trees. The boy becomes close to the eight years old next door neighbor Min-jee and is attracted to an old Acacia tree in their lawn. When Mi-sook unexpectedly gets pregnant, her mother asks her to return Jin-sung to the orphanage, beginning the rejection process of the boy. When the baby is born, Mi-sook does not treat Jin-sung well, who believes the acacia tree is his mother, and in a rainy night he vanishes. Along the next days, the family becomes insane, disclosing a dark secret about Jin-sung. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Horror | Thriller

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Rated R for violence and some language | See all certifications »

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A slow paced mixture of a family drama and psycho thriller
7 March 2011 | by klusebaSee all my reviews

"Akasia" is a fairly underrated mixture of a family drama and psycho thriller from South Korea. It is a really slow paced movie but the actors all deliver an amazing job and are always authentic so that the long introduction to a more and more terrifying downward spiral of terror with a great twisted ending was worth all the wait. One must underline the great performances of the two very young actors, especially Mun Oh-bin. Another strength of the movie is the atmospheric score and the artistic factor of the movie, for example the way the camera captures the different states and forms of the mysterious Acacia tree or the different drawings the young boy makes that mostly honour the Norwegian painter Edvard Much and its masterpiece "Skrik".

This is a movie comparable to a film by David Lynch where everything starts very slowly but at a certain point, most people are losing it and it's very difficult to follow the movie in the end. Every detail is important in this movie even if some scenes might seem weird or useless at first sight. The difference in here between Daviud Lynch and Park Ki-hyeong is that the ending of the movie offers us a disturbing conclusion that explains everything that really happened once again in a very detailed way.

This movie is surely nothing for the masses and addresses to a public that is at ease with exotic and slow paced psycho thrillers that ask to use the brain and not only relax and watch. The movie convinces me because of its numerous details and artistic roots. Anyone that is into weird Asian horror movies should give this a try and might adore the movie.

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Release Date:

17 October 2003 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

Root of Evil See more »


Box Office


$2,200,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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