Can we have deep connections with artificial intelligence? A24 just released a new trailer After Yang and it has already set critics up on their heels. You surely wouldn’t want to miss this one out.
After Yang reimagines a potential future for advanced technology. South Korean Filmmaker Kogonada (Columbus, 2017) prepares the world for possible personal connections with bots and androids. These human-like bots have every characteristic like feelings, emotions, and senses in order to fulfill the definition of being human. Justin H. Min (The Umbrella Academy) is set to play as the peculiar bot, Yang. He was taken in by Jake (Colin Farrell) as a caretaker as well as an acting sibling for his daughter. Yet after a family event, Yang revealed complications and malfunctions that caused him to shut down. As a result, Jake hopes to repair the bot in order to save his daughter’s beloved brother.
In searching for the true meaning of life the film explores the definition of being human. It explores the possibilities of technology as well as its effects that could influence humans. An existential and philosophical film that could be placed side by side to the likes of Spike Jonze’s Her (2013) is surely a treat that sci-fi fans are not willing to miss out on.
It’s no surprise that the film has already reached critical acclaim as it was played at multiple festival circuits like the renowned Cannes Film Festival as well as the Sundance Film Festival. This is truly one of this year’s gems.
Alongside Farrel and Min, the film also stars Jodie Turner-Smith, Malea Emma Tjandrawidjaja, Richie Coster, Haley Lu Richardson, Sarita Choudhury, and Clifton Collins Jr.
It is advised that everyone bring in their tissues for the film is already set to be released on March 4 (in theaters and streaming on Showtime).
Also, here’s the official synopsis for After Yang:
“When his young daughter’s beloved companion — an android named Yang — malfunctions, Jake (Colin Farrell) searches for a way to repair him. In the process, he discovers the life that has been passing in front of him, reconnecting with his wife (Jodie Turner-Smith) and daughter across a distance he didn’t know was there.”
Check out the trailer for After Yang below.