Rental prices in mainland China have been rising since 2000. And Beijing holds the record, with the cost of renting having almost trebled.
Navigating an unregulated world – where spoken agreements weigh as much as written contracts – Otsuka, his wife, and their one-year-old child set out in search of a new place to live, encountering a number of obstacles on their way.
Otsuka’s work deals with the universality of the human lived experience, especially in a pan-Asian perspective. Originally Japanese, he moved to China in 2005.
His previous film production analyses the themes of law, marriage, citizenship and belonging.