‘After Yang’ Trailer: Colin Farrell Walks Through A.I. Dreams In Kogonada’s Sci-Fi Drama

“Did you ever want to be human?”

“That’s such a human thing to ask…isn’t it?”

March is shaping up to be pretty great for Colin Farrell. Of course, he’ll appear as Penguin in Matt Reeves’ The Batman, which I’m as excited about as anybody. But the film I really hope people will turn out for is After Yang, the sophomore effort from Columbus director Kogonada.

If you’ve heard me rave about Columbus over the years, you know deep my respect for Kogonada goes. He’s the guy who made a perfect little movie about human connection and architecture. After Yang, similarly, is about human connection, although in this case it’s a human family and their “technosapien”, Yang.

Farrell plays the family patriarch, with Jodie Turner-Smith as his wife. When their daughter’s artificial companion breaks down, it leads to a soulful exploration of the A.I.’s memories and the true meaning of family.

The film also stars Justin H. Min as Yang, Malea Emma Tjandrawidjaja, Sarita Choudhury, and Kogonada’s Columbus star, Haley Lu Richardson. It’s based on a short story by Alexander Weinstein.

After Yang debuted recently at the Sundance Film Festival where I called it ‘one of the most accomplished films” to tackle the subject of artificial intelligence, likening it to Ex Machina. A24 will release it in theaters on March 4th, along with streaming on Showtime.

“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.”


Travis Hopson
Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.