• Lej en familie A/S / Rent a Family Inc.
  • Lej en familie A/S / Rent a Family Inc.
  • Lej en familie A/S / Rent a Family Inc.

Lej en familie A/S / Rent a Family Inc.

by Kaspar Astrup Schröder International Documentary Film / Competition

On the surface, Ryuichi Ichinokawa leads an ordinary family life. With his own home in a Tokyo suburb, this mid-forties business man lives together with his wife, two children and a Chihuahua. He has various jobs to help him pay the bills – including one that he created himself. Clients of his company, “I Want to Cheer You Up Ltd”, can rent a husband, friend, father, bridesmaid or relatives by the dozen from him. Be it at a wedding, birthday or funeral, Ryuichi and his employees take on any role in order to cast a better light upon their clients. While he is able to embody the perfect husband or the understanding father in his professional life, his ability to fill these roles at home is somewhat lacking. His family knows nothing of his unusual activities, and while his pubescent son sleeps in the marital bed, Ryuichi spends his nights sleeping on the floor in the children’s room. Will he ever realise that in order to help others, he must first help himself?


  • Genre: DOC: Social & Human Interest
  • Country, Year: Denmark, 2012
  • Runtime: 79 Min
  • Languages: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English, German
  •  
  • Director: Kaspar Astrup Schröder
  • Cast: Ryuichi Ichinokawa
  •  
  • Screenplay: Kaspar Astrup Schroeder
  • Cinematography: Kaspar Astrup Schröder, Kajita Akihiro
  • Editor: Adam Nielsen
  • Sound: Rasmus Winther Jensen
  • Music: Michael Andrews
  •  
  • Producer: Mette Heide
  •  
  • Production Company: Plus Pictures
  • World Sales: Films Transit International
Show full crew