directed by Park Ki-Hyung
South Korea 2003

 

Unable to get a child of their own, a couple adopts a boy. But soon after the woman gets pregnant, and the couple decide to return the child, but cannot. The boy then begins to develop an attachment to the Acacia tree in the garden, believing it’s the reincarnation of his mother, and then suddenly one day, the boy has gone missing and strange things begin to happened.

Park Ki-Hyung, who also made “Whispering Corridors”, has with “Acacia” created a very effective subtle ghost story, using contemporary urban bourgeois Korean life as a trapping versus the mythological Acacia tree. Opening the film with a blurred vision of a suburban road, Park continues to set a very subtle tone throughout the film, suggesting spook rather than shock.

Acacia” is far from as scary as for instance “A Tale of Two Sisters”, but it is still a very rewarding well told ghost story.
 

Henrik Sylow

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Theatrical Release: October 17, 2003

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DVD Review: Tartan - Region 2 - PAL

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Tartan

Region 2 - PAL

Runtime 1:42:57 (4% PAL speedup)
Video

2.30:1 Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.82 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Audio 2.0 Dolby Digital Korean, 5.1 Dolby Digital Korean, DTS Korean
Subtitles English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Tartan

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.30:1

Edition Details:
• Action and Cut (5:12 / 4:3)
• The World in the Movie (3:52 / 4:3)
• About the Director (2:39 / 4:3)
• Cast Interviews (5:02 / 4:3)
• Interview with the Director (4:47 / 4:3)
• Trailer (1:59 / 4:3)

DVD Release Date: June 27, 2005
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Comments It is a PAL-ified NTSC transfer, red bleeds, and at time it feels a bit soft and as if contrast is getting the better of the image. While having no visible artifacts at all, the image is overall quiet good.

There are three sound mixes available, a decent if somewhat flat 2.0 Dolby Digital, a 5.1 Dolby Digital and a DTS. The DTS is superior to the 5.1 Dolby Digital. Sounds are more clear, better separated and the .1 is deeper.

Where the R1 edition has an audio commentary by director Ki-Hyung Park and actor Kim Jin-geun, the R2 edition has none, which is quiet interesting, as both are from Tartan.

The only additional material on the DVD are five brief behind the scenes / interviews, running 21 minutes. They really are worthless. The behind the scenes featurettes are basically home movies with little talk, and the interviews are too brief to really add anything of interest.

 - Henrik Sylow

 

 



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