Japan is a country with great extremes where strong cultural traditions are mixed with Western influences. In this cross between modern and traditional, we find the Japanese businessman. They are called "salaryman", these costumed office workers who year in and year out spend long hours at the company in front of family and private life. Crowded in thousands along the streets of Tokyo, sleeping on commuter trains, working in a booth in the office in the skyscraper, stuck in a web of strict social rules and customs with a strong connection to Japanese history, religion and philosophy.
Rumiko Otsuka's father was such a salaryman. In the dance performance Death and life of Mr. Oh, she wants to understand and get to know his life through sacrifices and a sense of duty.