Cutie and the Boxer

"Powerful and beautiful."
- A.O. Scott, NEW YORK TIMES
"An extraordinary study of love and art."
- Rene Rodruiguez, Miami Herald
"Capturing colorful lives dedicated to artistic practices that have so far garnered scant financial success, Zachary Heinzerling's five-years-in-the-making portrait of Brooklyn-based artists Ushio and Noriko Shinohara is a warts-and-all portrait of love, sacrifice and the creative spirit"
- Alissa Simon, Variety

Synopsis

Once a rising 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 her own recognition through her "Cutie" illustrations, which depict their chaotic 40-year marriage. Cutie and the Boxer captures two lives united by a dedication to art-making for a touching meditation on the eternal themes of love and sacrifice.
Original Languages: English, Japanese
Genre: Documentary
Running Time: 82 min
Year: 2013

CREDITS

CAST
Noriko Shinohara (Herself)
Ushio Shinohara (Himself)
DIRECTED BY
Zachary Heinzerling

TRAILER


PHOTOS

Left to right: Ushio and Noriko Shinohara in their Brooklyn, NY home. Photo credit: Patrick Burns. Courtesy of Mongrel Media.
Left to right: Ushio and Noriko Shinohara walking along the Brooklyn Bridge. Photo credit: Erik Jonsson. Courtesy of Mongrel Media.
Left to right: Noriko Shinohara looks in the camera as her husband Ushio stretches. Photo credit: Erik Jonsson. Courtesy of Mongrel Media.
Ushio Shinohara working on a boxing painting. Photo credit: Patrick Burns. Courtesy of Mongrel Media.
Noriko Shinohara working on a painting. Photo credit: Zachary Heinzerling. Courtesy of Mongrel Media.
Director Zachary Heinzerling films Ushio Shinohara. Photo credit: Erik Jonsson. Courtesy of Mongrel Media.
Cutie and the Boxer director Zachary Heinzerling. Photo credit: E.J. McLeavey-Fisher (2012). Courtesy of Mongrel Media.