In a near-future where clones, self-driving cars, and life-like androids exist After Yang looks at a family mourning the loss of their android Yang (Justin H. Min), a “second sibling,” after he malfunctions. In this drama by director/writer Kogonada, we explore not only the grieving process but the reliving memories and honoring life. As patriarch Jake (Colin Farrell) looks into Yang’s life and his past through his memory drives he is able to slowly come to grips with the loss while also discovering his adoptive son had much more going on beneath the surface than just acting as an older brother to his adopted daughter.
We spoke with Malea Emma Tjandrawidjaja, who plays Mika, the adopted Chinese daughter of Jake and Kyra (Jodie Turner-Smith). And we also spoke with Justin H. Min, who plays Yang, and Haley Lu Bennet, who plays Ada, a character who falls in love with Yang. We talked to the actors about working with the talented cast and working with Kogonada and what they learned from the experience. And we also talked about the hyper-pop intro that sees all the characters participating in a technicolor dance competition.
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, Jake 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.
After Yang is now available to watch on Hulu.