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Genre Documentary
Running Time 81 min
MPAA rating R (for nude art images)
Release Date Aug 16, 2013
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Cutie and the Boxer

A reflection on love, sacrifice, and the creative spirit, this candid New York story explores the chaotic 40-year marriage of renowned "boxing" painter Ushio Shinohara and his artist wife, Noriko. As a rowdy, confrontational young artist in Tokyo, Ushio seemed destined for fame, but met with little commercial success after he moved to New York City in 1969, seeking international recognition. When 19-year-old Noriko moved to New York to study art, she fell in love with Ushio-abandoning her education… Show more

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August 22, 2013 - Boston.com - Peter Keough, Globe Correspondent

A marriage between two artists doesn’t always lead to domestic tranquility, as is demonstrated in Zachary Heinzerling’s impressionistic documentary about Ushio and Noriko Shinohara. Despite hard times, the Japanese-born couple has stayed together for 40 years, still pursuing their art and squabbling in their garret-like Brooklyn loft. This portrait of the artists is all the more inspiring because of its harsh honesty.

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