Last night was the final episode of "Golden Apple". For whatever reason, this board did not get much traffic recently. I myself had fallen behind, and still have a lot of catching up to do.
I'm somewhat tempted to see if this is available on DVD. Although I recorded every ep, the broadcast quality of several was quite murky; the night scenes especially were often hard to follow. I would assume/hope that a commercial DVD would have a clearer picture.
Another thing I realized, especially after seeing the flashbacks to the kids last night, was that I got so hung up on how adorable the kids were, that I neglected several of the adult roles which figured prominently later.
All in all, I rather liked this show. Generally it was pretty low key, which might explain why so few posts here. The thing that somewhat annoyed me was too much of characters explaining to other characters (and us) what happened, rather than showing us.
So was anyone else watching this? Any closing thoughts?
Post by kathleen34 on Jun 29, 2006 14:18:07 GMT -5
The ending was wonderful ... using flashbacks of the little kids.. I loved it.
It's one of the few good endings and I applauded that it was done so well... not sappy .... Loved the father/daughter/tree scene. Loved it all.
And Soju, on another thread I shared that by dumb luck and timing, I was able to get the DVD set (10 DVDs - 3 hours each)thru Ebay. Since no version is available thru Yesasia . .. I jumped at the chance. The subtitles aren't too bad... and the filming is wonderful. When you see it again and really look at those little kids, the choice of 'grown up' actors/actresses present an amazing resemblance.
You're right... not much controversey to prompt lots of postings on this drama. But I am very pleased to have watched it. I even have a small picture of Keumshil on my desk.
geema Your hands are so pretty. Your cheeks are so pretty." Eunha answers back to Andrea, "You are pretty all over".
I agree with you Kathleen34. I felt it was an excellent drama. My friend ordered the dvd from Kimook and it had sub-par subtitles. The names are in the Chinese pronunciation, misspelled words and out of order. There were times that no subtitles appeared after a character spoke. My friend and I were very disappointed. The picture did come out clear and beautiful though. At least I got to see the children.
I really loved “Golden Apple,” and I was also a bit surprised that it drew so little discussion (the show was indeed pretty low-key, though - perhaps that’s the reason). However, that last episode was one of the most satisfying final episodes I’ve seen in quite a while. Since "Golden Apple" ended on TAN a few weeks ago, I’ve really felt myself missing it.
Lots of folks, I guess, gave up on the show shortly after the fast-forward. I’m not surprised that a lot of people abandoned the show midway through when the terrific child actors departed, but for those who stuck it out, I think the show certainly redeemed itself. I admit, though, that it took me a couple of very frustrating episodes to finally make the mental transition to all the new actors.
And I also loved the music - only to discover (too late) that YesAsia no longer catalogs the OST. I checked into it, and supposedly they’re on backorder, but that was five or six weeks ago and I’ve never heard anything from them since. I guess if they don’t stamp out another batch of them in Korea, then they’re out for good.
I haven't been on the board since last week, before the show ended, so here are my thoughts. I stuck with the show the whole time, which require no effort at all, as it was consistently fascinating for me. I thought this drama was imaginative and moving. The ending was wonderful and happy, even with Jong-whatever-his-name-was in a wheelchair. Hyunsook loved him so much and was such a great caretaker that I'm sure she doesn't care at all that he's not "whole" physically. The last scene in the apple orchard had me crying and it was funny/happy when she was the one to kiss him for the first time. Especially after she said she had been looking forward to hit her whole life.
I agree with Kathleen that the liberal use of flashbacks, which padded out the last episode, was very gratifying. I think the director knew that he had a great junior cast and wasn't going to waste the goodwill they created in the early episodes. He also knew, I'm sure, that everyone wanted to see them again one last time.
P.S. Mikey, try Annyoung.com for the OST. That's where I got mine, a couple of months ago. Even back then there was almost no way to get a copy--Yesasia had de-listed it even that long ago, so don't feel like you missed it by waiting too long. It was gone almost as soon as it was released, and I think they just didn't print many copies. Anyway, Annyoung seems to have some secret sources for hard-to-find items, as they also found me a copy of the "Who's My Love" soundtrack that had been out of print for at least a year.
I’m glad to discover that so many other people loved “Golden Apple" just as much as I did.
Thank you, Lucy, for the heads-up on the “Golden Apple” CD. Seems like I’ve come to just reflexively order from YesAsia, and I’d all but forgotten that there were other sources to check out.
On your advice, I did a product search on annyoung for “Golden Apple” and “Gold Apple” and both came up blank - but it’s still an important second source that I’d been neglecting, so who knows if it might reappear someday? Your reminder is appreciated!
And, you say, they even once had the music from “Who’s My Love” ? Until today, I never even know that there was a WML soundtrack!
Yes, WML is not the most thrilling soundtrack, but it's got some good songs. It has that song that the veterinarian taped for his girlfriend. It's called "Shine." Disappointingly, it doesn't have what I understand to have been the first theme song--at least, the first 10 or so episodes in Chicago used it. I can't really describe it, but it was kind of a saucy, poppy number that I liked.