Rent a family Inc.

Kaspar Astrup Schröder, Denmark, 2012

52 min.DK/Documentary

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 at the post office. However, there is a secret side to Ryuichi unknown to most - even his family doesn't know about this. Apart from his job at the post office he has another occupation. A job that is anything but ordinary. Ryuichi owns a company called Hagemashi Tai, one of Japan's most peculiar companies.
Basic information Credits Festivals & awards Materials
Original title Lej en familie A/S
Danish title Lej en familie A/S
Keywords Ichinokawa, Ryuichi, Hagemashi Tai, Rental, Human beings, Japan, 2010-2019
Director Kaspar Astrup Schröder
Screenplay Kaspar Astrup Schröder
Producer Mette Heide
Director of Photography Kaspar Astrup Schröder
Editor Adam Nielsen
Sound Rasmus Winther Jensen
Composer Jonas Colstrup
Appearance Ryuichi Ichinokawa
Production country Denmark
Dialogue language English,Japanese
Production company Plus Pictures
Domestic distribution DOXBIO
International sales Films Transit International Inc.
Danish theatrical release 22.08.2012
Cinemas Reprise Teatret, Grand, Ishøj Bio, Værløse Bio, Park Bio, Glostrup Bio, Bio Viften (Rødovre), Empire, Bibliografen (Bagsværd) samt 42 biografer i provinsen, inkl. Færøerne og Grønland
Danish festival release 04.11.2012, Falkoner, CPH:DOX 2012
DFI subsidy Konsulentstøtte
Danish rating Allowed for all
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Production company Plus Pictures
Domestic distribution DOXBIO


Direction Kaspar Astrup Schröder
Assistant director Eriko Maeda


Script Kaspar Astrup Schröder


Producer Mette Heide
Executive producer Sally Jo Fifer
Consulting producer Christi Collier
Consulting producer Ines Hoffmann
Translation Sofie Ivan Andersen
Research Sofie Ivan Andersen
Translation Esben Grøndal
Research Esben Grøndal
Translation Hanae Sofie Misu
Research Hanae Sofie Misu
Technical coodinator Erlend Indseth
Technical coodinator Anders Skovbjerg Jepsen
Technical coodinator Martin Munck Schmidt


Cinematographer Kaspar Astrup Schröder
Cinematographer: Additional shoot Kajita Akihiro


Stills Kaspar Astrup Schröder


Editing Adam Nielsen


Composer Jonas Colstrup


Sound designer Rasmus Winther Jensen
B-sound designer Jacques Petersen

Visual effects

Colourist Lasse Marcussen
Online Anders V. Christensen


Appearance Ryuichi Ichinokawa

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Awards and nominations

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Award Year Festival
Documentary Jury Prize 2013 Zürich Film Festival 2013

Festival screenings

Festival Festival date
Tehran, Cinéma Vérité, Documentary Film Festival 2013-12-10
Bergen International Film festival 2013-10-23
DMZ South Korea 2013-10-17
Zürich Film Festival 2013-09-26
Dokufest Prizren 2013-08-17
SilverDocs AFI Documentary Festival 2013-06-19
Warszawa, Against Gravity 2013-05-10
Leuven, Docville 2013-05-03
San Francisco Int. Film Festival 2013-04-25
Toronto, Hot Docs Int. Documentary Festival 2013-04-25
Sao Paulo It's All True Int. Documentary FF 2013-04-04
Prague, One World Human Rights Film Festival 2013-03-04
CPH:DOX 2012-11-01
Det Danske Filminstitut registrerer international festivaldeltagelse og priser til danske film, dog primært de titler, som Filminstituttet varetager i sin festivaldistribution, og primært i forbindelse med de festivaler, som Filminstituttet har prioriteret at samarbejde med. Registreringen af festivaldeltagelse og priser til danske film, der ikke er i festivaldistribution, foretages kun for "launch"-festivaler ifølge Filminstituttets prioriterede festivalliste. Se listen over prioriterede festivaler.

Reviews and articles

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Type Source Author Date
Anmeldelse Kristeligt Dagblad Eva Zierau 2012-08-27
Anmeldelse Weekendavisen Bo Green Jensen 2012-08-24
Anmeldelse Berlingske Tidende Louise Kidde Sauntved 2012-08-22
Anmeldelse Ekstra Bladet Henrik Queitsch 2012-08-22
Anmeldelse Information Lars Movin 2012-08-22
Anmeldelse Morgenavisen Jyllandsposten Katrine Sommer Boysen 2012-08-22
Interview Morgenavisen Jyllandsposten Nanna Frank Rasmussen 2012-08-22
Interview Morgenavisen Jyllandsposten Nanna Frank Rasmussen 2012-08-22
Anmeldelse Politiken-Fonden Dorte Hygum Soerensen 2012-08-22
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