rent a family inc.

programme information


1 x 80' or 1 x 60'

Production Company

Plus Pictures






Winner Golden Eye BEst International Documentary - Zurich Film Festival 2013

Episode Information

This is the unique and unpredictable story about Mr. Ryuichi Ichinokawa and his unusual way of life. On the surface Ryuichi looks like an ordinary Japanese man. He is 44 years old, married and is the father of two boys. The Ichinokawa family seems on the outside to lead a completely normal family life. Every day Ryuichi goes to work. However, there is a secret side to Ryuichi unknown to most - even his family doesn't know about this. Apart from his full time day job he has another occupation. A job that is anything but ordinary. Ryuichi owns a company called Hagemashi Tai (I Want to Cheer You Up), one of Japan's most peculiar companies where his staff members are hired to stand in for an assortment of roles.

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