highheels – a fairy tale born of obsession (ハイヒール こだわりが生んだおとぎ話)
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highheels – a fairy tale born of obsession (ハイヒール こだわりが生んだおとぎ話)
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© 2016 Lander Inc.

Abandon desire or face destruction



In a distant future, humans make the switch to android life. They abolish ‘flaws’ such as complicated human needs and traits such as the ability to possess and express emotion. However, a system glitch causes ‘desire’ to resurface in some, including Kai (Rinko Kikuchi; Pacific Rim, Babel), an android shoe-maker.

Kai begins to feel an obsession with her craft, like what human beings used to have. One day, an android customer orders Kai to create a special pair of heels. Shut in the atelier, Kai remakes the shoes over and over again until it’s perfect.

When the customer returns, Kai finds out that one shoe doesn’t quite fit. But just as Kai promised to put more work into the pair of shoes, another customer comes to demand her own special pair too.


Inchul Lee was born in South Korea and moved to Japan when he was 19. highheels is his second short film, produced in collaboration with creative agency Lander. The result is a visually stunning fashion film with costumes by Chanel and Haider Ackermann.

This 30-minute film will be screened as part of the Short Film Collection which also features We Are Shooting by NDJC recipient Raita Yabushita and Dad’s Wedding by NDJC recipient Momoko Fukuda.

Year: 2016
Length: 30 mins
Classification rating: Recommended for ages 12+

In Japanese with English subtitles.

Please be advised that the Melbourne screening time has been changed to 18:40 from 18:20 (originally published in the printed program).

  • Director
    Inchul Lee/
  • Screenplay
    Inchul Lee/
  • Executive Producer
    Mutsumi Lee/
  • Cast
    Rinko Kikuchi/ Fujiko Kojima/ Hyunri/ Ran Taniguchi/

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