After Life evolves around the premise of a facility where people who have died go through before they leave the planet to live forever in a memory of their choice. The premise alone leaves a lot of depth into such an intriguing concept, in which the character themselves are surprised to go through such a film-making faculty before leaving this planet after their death.
The characters have some gravitas to keep you entertained for about 2 hours, particularly when the story arcs for two character collide in an unexpected fashion. The cinematography paints the office environment with some dreary colours, which gives a down to earth, if industrial, approach to the mise-en-scene, in which a group of workers carry out their tasks to accommodate the recently deceased's needs, in order to film their memories before heading off into the next stage of their after-life.
The film may appear very pedestrian to those who may not watch that much Japanese cinema, but this conceptual fantasy drama is worth a look for those that are wanting a film that has a spiritual momentum of Japan's major religious beliefs in a simplistic manner.