Imagine a mobile dating app that finds compatible partners for you, arranges dates for you, and even gives you tips on how to treat your partner depending on their personality? Sounds like the perfect dating app to forever! However, there’s a catch: the app also determines when you will break up! (Sounds like an episode of Black Mirror, huh?)
“Love Tech”, a 2021 Korean sapphic short film, introduces us to “Destiny”, a mobile dating app that finds you a match and also gives you an expiration date. It stars Youtube artist Kang Yu-ra as Kim Soo Hyun and Choi Li Ra as Han Jae Young, both in their first significant acting roles. Read more to know what happens!
Warning: This recap contains spoilers of the film!
Frequent Destiny app user Han Jae Young and first-time user Kim Soo Hyun meet at Destiny Lounge (a meet-up place for app users!) for the first time. Like love at first sight, the two immediately feel attraction toward each other.
Over the course of the evening, as they get along, Destiny alerts them both that expiration has been set, which they have a choice to check. Soo Hyun decides not to since she wants to see Jae Young as much as she wants to and is worried that they might be set for a breakup immediately. Jae Young, who shares the same feelings, agrees.
On one of their dates, the couple is hanging out in Soo Hyun’s apartment when Jae Young spots a piano. She asks Soo Hyun if she can play it, and the latter responds positively. Jae Young beautifully plays a piano piece as Soo Hyun watches with a bewildered and then fond look on her face. Soo Hyun compliments Jae Young and asks how she knows about the piano piece, which surprises her as it is not well-known and is even unfinished. Soo Hyun sits beside Jae Young and starts to play the piano, finishing the composition. Soo Hyun turns out to be the artist behind it and many of the songs that Jae Young listens to. Stunned, Jae Young wonders how such a coincidence happened, Soo Hyun says it must be their fate. Jae Young declares she is in love with the piece, and Soo Hyun says that she is too, all the while staring at Jae Young. When Jae Young notices this, there is a little awkward moment between them, and she tries to cover it up by complaining about the heat when Soo Hyun unexpectedly kisses her. Surprised at first, but understanding Soo Hyun’s feelings, Jae Young kisses back.