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Robot Stories (2003)

Everything is changing... Except the human heart.

Original Title : Robot Stories
Director : Greg Pak
Writer : Greg Pak
Genre : Sci-Fi
Drama
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : Karin Chien , Karin Chien ,
Music : Rick Knutsen
Distributor : Decade Distribution [ca]
IMDB ID : 0301777
Official site : http://www.robotstories.net/index.html
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poster for "Robot Stories" by Greg Pak (2003)
Robot Stories (2003) - Greg Pak
 

Starring

Tamlyn Tomita Marcia
James Saito Roy/Groper
Vin Knight Doug
Gina Quintos Young Marcia
Karen Tse Lee Mrs. Ito
Glenn Kubota Mr. Ito
 Caseworker
Tanisha Lynn Assistant (as Tanisha Eanes
 Technician
Catherine Carota Nurse
Wai Ching Ho Bernice
Cindy Cheung I
Louis Ozawa Changchien Wilson
Angel Desai Amanda
 Doctor
 Young Wilson
 Salesman
Ari Garin Young Wilson (voice
Greg Pak Archie
Bill Coelius Bob
Tim Kang Young John
 Lydia
Vivian Bang Receptionist
Julie Atlas Muz Janet
Brian Nishii Larry
Jai Latimer Groper
Sab Shimono John
Eisa Davis Helen
Ron Domingo Tommy
James Hannaham John's Doctor
 Executive No. 1
Johanna Lee II
Gail Quintos Little Girl
 Hospital Announcer
Rachel Haynes II
 

Plot

Winner of over 23 awards, "Robot Stories" is science fiction from the heart, four stories in which utterly human characters struggle to connect in a world of robot babies and android office workers. The stories include: "My Robot Baby," in which a couple (Tamlyn Tomita and James Saito) must care for a robot baby before adopting a human child, "The Robot Fixer," in which a mother (Wai Ching Ho) tries to connect with her dying son by completing his toy robot collection, "Machine Love," in which an office worker android (Greg Pak) learns that he, too, needs love, and "Clay," in which an old sculptor (Sab Shimono) must choose between natural death and digital immortality.
 

Comments

0 out of 3 people found the following comment useful:- Would be passable, if it didn't pretend it's some deep thinking, 7 March 2005 Author: Danila Medvedev All things considered it was terrible. It would have been novel about 10 years ago, but now all the ideas have been explored much better by cinema and other media as well. The stories are too unsophisticated and do not go beyond "feel goodness". I am sure that artsy people who do not follow scientific and technological developments much and who are not really into sci-fi, may be pleasantly surprised and challenged by the ideas in these 4 stories, but for anyone, who have thought about these issues 10 years ago and have since moved on, these stories do not offer anything other than cheesy effects and lame acting. The first story has an interesting premise - a couple has to adopt a baby robot for a month as a test for their ability to adopt a human baby, but it really doesn't add anything to what was already covered in depth in Spielberg's A.I. and it also looks sh1t compared to an A-movie sci-fi such as A.I. The second story isn't really a science fiction film at all and is virtually content-free. The main idea is that it's sucks when your son lies brain-dead in a coma and you need to give doctors a permission to pull out the plug. Well, yes, indeed it sucks, but in what unique way does the story explore this problem? The third story is funny and even nice in some ways. It has some semi-interesting ideas about the future, but the overall message is pathetic - robots need some love too. Once again, there is nothing that wasn't said in, say, Bicentennial Man. And once again, the effects are non-existent and there is no depth. The fourth story is the most ambitious of all, and it probably fails less dramatically than others. But it still fails. May be the director had some deep message that he wanted to put there, but he probably forgot. Again, there isn't much in terms of original ideas - deathism, senile dementia and irrational stupidity. May be the viewers are expected to feel empathy with that old loser, I don't know... But I certainly didn't. Overall these films are probably worthless to a sci-fi fan. However, to a casual viewer, who lived in a cage for the last decade and was not exposed to even the simplest ideas about the future through Internet or magazines such as Wired, SciAm, Pop. Mech. etc., would probably enjoy these (especially if he's into independent Asian films). There is also some hope for Greg Pak, seeing as he is in the very beginning of his directing career. Hopefully, he will tackle these ideas better in the future. And it's also nice to see such interest to sci-fi themes among the juries.