Cutie and the Boxer

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Shortlisted for the 2014 Best Documentary Feature Academy Award!

Winner! Directing Award, Sundance Film Festival 2013


“As a documentary and a love story, Cutie and the Boxer is nothing short of breathtaking.” – Drew Taylor, Playlist

“It’s a wonder how Cutie and the Boxer, in less than an hour and a half, manages to say so much about love, life and art. Movies twice as long are often half as eloquent.” – Michael O’Sullivan, Washington Post

Cutie and the Boxer is one of the most unsentimental and unstinting portraits of marriage ever brought to the screen, yet there’s considerable hopefulness and love in it.” - Andrew O’Hehir, Salon


The remarkable documentary Cutie and the Boxer is an indelible portrait of art, companionship, and the 40-year love story between Ushio and Noriko Shinohara, two Japanese artists who meet and marry in New York in the early 1970s. Surviving decades of hardship, resentment, financial anxiety, thwarted aspirations, and Ushio’s chronic alcoholism, they are a study in artistic symbiosis. Once a rising (and notoriously hard-living) star in the '70's New York art scene, 80-year-old "boxing" painter Ushio Shinohara is prepping for his latest show, hoping to reinvigorate his career. His wife and de facto assistant, Noriko, seeks to emerge from her husband’s shadow and gain her own recognition through her "Cutie" illustrations, which depict their chaotic 40-year marriage via their cartoon alter egos, Cutie and Bullie. Moving fluidly between past and present, incorporating animation and archival footage, Cutie and the Boxer brilliantly captures two lives united by a dedication to art-making, in the process creating a touching meditation on the eternal themes of love and sacrifice. (Dir. by Zachary Heinzerling, 2013, 82 mins., Rated R, RADiUS-TWC) Digital



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