Award-winning, independent film Robot Stories is a collection of four short vignettes that depicts thought-provoking sci-fi stories for fans who also enjoy the more cerebral aspects of the genre:
The stories include: "My Robot Baby," in which a couple (played by 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. (Wikipedia)In "Clay", John Lee (played by the awesome Sab Shimono) has no more than a year to live and must decide whether to have his memories downloaded into a computer. But John not only distrusts the wisdom of downloading the essence of who he is into a machine, he also struggles with the morality of it. Helen, the love of John's life and the mother of his child, appears to have already undergone the process and even in her digitally-altered state desperately doesn't want him to die.*
Eisa Davis was excellent as Helen and did a wonderful job projecting her enduring love for John along with her grief at the thought of losing him. The fact that she did this while playing a computer-generated image is absolutely amazing. Both Sab Shimono and Tim Kang (who played the older and younger versions of Lee respectively), were very effective in giving the audience a window through which we could not only see, but feel John's overwhelming love for Helen and his doubts that he was ever truly worthy of her.
I'll leave it at that because I don't want to spoil it for those of you who haven't seen it yet, but I will say that the story was poignant and beautiful and a touch sad all at the same time. If you're a fan of sci-fi, independent films or just plain ol' good acting, directing and story-telling, Robot Stories is definitely worth a watch.
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*Someone please let me know if I'm off the mark.