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Robot Stories (2003)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi | 20 January 2003 (USA)
Four tales: a robot baby as a pre-adoption test, a mother and her dying son's toy robot collection, a lonely robot office worker, and a sculptor contemplating robot-enabled immortality.


Greg Pak


Greg Pak
13 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Tamlyn Tomita ... Marcia
James Saito ... Roy / Groper
Vin Knight ... Doug
Gina Quintos Gina Quintos ... Young Marcia
Karen Tsen Lee ... Mrs. Ito
Glenn Kubota ... Mr. Ito
Norma Fire Norma Fire ... Caseworker
T. Lynn Eanes T. Lynn Eanes ... Assistant (as Tanisha Eanes)
Joshua Spafford Joshua Spafford ... Technician
Catherine Carota Catherine Carota ... Nurse
Wai Ching Ho ... Bernice
Cindy Cheung ... Grace
Louis Ozawa ... Wilson (as Louis Ozawa Changchien)
Angel Desai ... Amanda
Rea Tajiri Rea Tajiri ... Doctor


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 must care for a robot baby before adopting a human child; "The Robot Fixer," in which a mother tries to connect with her dying son by completing his toy robot collection; "Machine Love," in which an office worker android learns that he, too, needs love; and "Clay," in which an old sculptor must choose between natural death and digital immortality. Written by Greg Pak

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Everything is changing... Except the human heart.


Drama | Romance | Sci-Fi


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This film began principle photography in New York on September 10, 2001, the day before the destruction of the World Trade Center. See more »


Mrs. Ito: [to young daughter] Want some advice, Marcia? Never fall in love. Never get married. Never have kids.
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I liked it a lot..
11 February 2005 | by deluqzSee all my reviews

first off, this is low budget and the filming debut of this director (or so it seems). Judge it as that... of course it's not perfect, as the people behind it are still finding out which of their ideas work on screen and which don't. This film then, for the most part works, and if you think it over afterwards it works even better.

You gotta admire the vision and care that went into each of the 4 stories that each touch on a different side of the same subject: how humans relate to machines and then relate back to real life. The story about the comatose boy his mother and his action figures was especially touching, as was the one about the older man that just wants to die, both beautiful roles by the mother and the sculptor. It seems the director is at best when making a 'small' story, he does it with a tenderness and visual power rarely seen. This leaves the actors plenty of room to present their characters in subtle ways and not having to carry the weight of the story by overacting.

The acting from the predominantly Asian cast is very good, and it's nice to see asians in a non-stereotypical role in American film. The imagery shows the low budget, but the locations are well chosen and it's well directed. The only weak point is when it gets exciting the director has trouble picking up the pace and really conveying the sense of fear and adrenaline the characters must feel. These moments are very sporadic (just one in the first story..my least favorite anyway).

This is a movie to watch, if you have an open mind and can relate to the people on screen. If you're looking for more traditional sci-fi themes.. look further. Calling this movie sci-fi just because it deals with robots is missing the point. This is more geared towards drama. And it's good.. especially for a filming debut. Definitely a director to watch for in the future. A man with vision, ideas and original stories to tell.

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Official Sites:

Robot Stories Productions





Release Date:

20 January 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Istories me robot See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,026, 15 February 2004

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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