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With: Tamlyn Tomita, James Saito, Wai Ching Ho, Cindy Cheung, Greg Pak, Bill Coelius, Julienne Hanzelka Kim, Sab Shimono, Elsa Davis, Vivian Bang
Written by: Greg Pak
Directed by: Greg Pak
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 85
Date: 01/20/2003

Robot Stories (2004)

3 Stars (out of 4)

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By Jeffrey M. Anderson

The creepy and intriguing Robot Stories tells four "Twilight Zone"-like tales of robots interacting with humans in various ways. The first segment (starring Tamlyn Tomita) has a couple preparing to adopt a child by practicing with a robot-baby. The second (and best) has a mother trying to revive her comatose child by restoring his childhood "Micronauts"-like toys. The third follows a lifelike worker robot (played by writer/director Greg Pak) in an actual workplace and the fourth looks at what happens in a world when your brain can be digitally copied and stored in a computer after you die. The film's greatest strength is that it keeps up a consistent tone though all four stories -- not an easy thing to do with compilation films. Robot Stories originally screened at the 2003 San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival.

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