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Robot Stories (2003)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi | 20 January 2003 (USA)
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... See full summary »

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13 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Marcia
... Roy / Groper
... Doug
Gina Quintos ... Young Marcia
... Mrs. Ito
Glenn Kubota ... Mr. Ito
Norma Fire ... Caseworker
T. Lynn Eanes ... Assistant (as Tanisha Eanes)
Joshua Spafford ... Technician
Catherine Carota ... Nurse
... Bernice
... Grace
... Wilson
... Amanda
Rea Tajiri ... Doctor
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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.

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Drama | Romance | Sci-Fi

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Robot Stories Productions

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20 January 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Istories me robot  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,806, 13 February 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$131,029, 20 June 2004
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1.85 : 1
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In the "Machine Love" segment, behind the receptionist's desk is a logo that is Pak's actual logo. It consists of a stylized "P", an "A" and a "K" in a circle. See more »

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