Overview

Winner of dozens of film festival awards, Robot Stories is an acclaimed independent movie written by rising Asian American director Greg Pak. In four intertwined stories, people struggle to connect in a technological world.

In "My Robot Baby," a couple cares for a robot before adopting a human child. In "The Robot Fixer," a mother reaches out to her dying son by completing his toy robot collection. In "Machine Love," an office worker android ...
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Overview

Winner of dozens of film festival awards, Robot Stories is an acclaimed independent movie written by rising Asian American director Greg Pak. In four intertwined stories, people struggle to connect in a technological world.

In "My Robot Baby," a couple cares for a robot before adopting a human child. In "The Robot Fixer," a mother reaches out to her dying son by completing his toy robot collection. In "Machine Love," an office worker android learns that he too needs love. In "Clay," an old sculptor chooses between natural death and digital immortality.

Praised as "the kind of science fiction sophisticated audiences crave and deserve," the screenplay is a rich and rewarding reading experience and follows in the literary tradition of Isaac Asimov and Ray Bradbury.

This collection includes Pak's scripts from his popular comic shorts Asian Pride Porn, All Amateur Ecstasy, Mouse and Cat Fight Tonight. It features original commentary by the author and a foreword by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Henry Hwang.

"An exhilarating ride by a masterful filmmaker, four utterly engrossing tales which speak with the wisdom of parables to our technologically-obsessed age. Greg Pak infuses each moment of this beautiful film with an infectious wonder at the joys and complexities of existence."
— David Henry Hwang, author of M. Butterfly and Flower Drum Song.

"If this well-done collection of four shorts was on paper instead of film, you'd find it in the pages of The New Yorker or Atlantic Monthly. Writer-director Greg Pak focuses on our contemporary computerized lives -- occasionally delving into the future -- in a weighty and relevant anthology."
- Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel

"Robot Stories' tagline is ‘science fiction from the heart,’ a phrase author and genre specialist Steven Schneider finds appropriate. ‘Robot Stories plays differently from a lot of the science-fiction films I've seen,’ said Schneider ... ‘It made me reflect on science fiction’s deep and long-standing romantic side. Greg is less interested in trying to pull the wool over our eyes by giving us something spectacular-looking than he is in exploring human relationships.’… In fact, 2004 may end up being American cinema’s year of the robot, with Pak and his independent sci-fi movie getting the jump on Hollywood."
— Jason Silverman, Wired

"Forget Hellboy. Robot Stories is the real deal — a science-fiction with a brain and a heart."
— Ed Blank, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
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Editorial Reviews

Elvis Mitchell
"Greg Pak's fantasy anthology piece, which details the ways robots have complicated the lives of humans, has a dexterous sense of wonder...Mr. Pak's feel for melodrama adds a piercing and thoughtful end note similar to the emotional gravity found in Stephen King novellas like The Body and Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption...The most startling aspect of Robot Stories is... Mr. Pak's evolving dramatic acumen. He's a talent with a future."
Joe Quesada
"An award winning filmmaker and now hot as hell newcomer...[Pak] is a writer on the cusp, right at the unique precipice between upstart and industry great."
Ken Fox
"Ostensibly about artificial life forms, each of these four short, expertly crafted stories offers a poignant perspective on what it means to be human... Following in the footsteps of Ray Bradbury, Rod Serling and Philip K. Dick rather than George Lucas, Pak returns to the tradition of intelligent, humanistic sci-fi and reminds us of the value of good genre fiction."
Mark Holcomb
"Pak uses an ostensible sci-fi motif to link his four pieces. What truly binds them, however, is a subtle exploration of the tension between the human and the synthetic, and the sometimes fuzzy distinction between the two. The film also has a distinguishable arc, beginning with an exceedingly nontraditional ‘birth’ and closing with a triumphant death...He’s an uncannily assured visual storyteller...The result is a quietly impassioned, genuinely stirring indie rarity."
Peter Hartlaub
"It will be interesting to see what Pak can do with a film that gets a little more funding and wider release. Then again, a big studio and a big budget wouldn't have improved 'Robot Stories.' It's fairly close to perfect already."
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012975256
  • Publisher: Immedium
  • Publication date: 4/21/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 232
  • File size: 104 KB

Meet the Author

Greg Pak is a filmmaker and comic book writer best known for directing the award-winning feature film "Robot Stories," writing the epic "Planet Hulk" and "World War Hulk" comic book storylines, and co-writing (with Fred Van Lente) the fan favorite "Incredible Hercules" series for Marvel Comics. He was named one of 25 Filmmakers to Watch by Filmmaker Magazine, described as "a talent with a future" by the New York Times, and named "Breakout Talent" of the year by Wizard Magazine.

Pak's run on Marvel's "Incredible Hulk" was named the Best Ongoing Series of 2007 by Wizard Magazine. Pak created the character of Amadeus Cho, who won a 2005 Marvel.com fan favorite poll, and has written numerous Marvel miniseries, including "Magneto Testament," which IGN named the Best Miniseries of 2008, and the top-selling "X-Men: Phoenix - Endsong". Pak also wrote the "Battlestar Galactica" series for Dynamite.

Pak's feature film "Robot Stories," starring Tamlyn Tomita and Sab Shimono, played in 75 festivals, won 35 awards, screened theatrically across the country, and is now available on DVD from Kino. Pak's feature screenplay "Rio Chino" won the Pipedream Screenwriting Award at the IFP Market and a Rockefeller Media Arts Fellowship. Pak wrote the screenplay for the feature film "MVP," which premiered at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival.

Pak's short film "Fighting Grandpa" has won 20 prizes, including a Student Academy Award, and has played in over 50 film festivals. Pak's comic shorts "Asian Pride Porn" and "All Amateur Ecstasy" are among the most viewed films at AtomFilms.com. His shorts "Mouse," "Po Mo Knock Knock," "Cat Fight Tonight" and "The Penny Marshall Project" have won awards and screened in dozens of film festivals around the world. Pak's most recent short film is "Mister Green," a science fiction story starring Tim Kang and Betty Gilpin that was funded by ITVS for its upcoming Futurestates series.

Pak edits AsianAmericanComics.com and AsianAmericanFilm.com. He studied political science at Yale University, history at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, and film production at the NYU graduate film program. For the latest about Greg Pak's work, visit PakBuzz.com.
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