Cutie and the Boxer

Cutie and the Boxer

Facts

Genre
Documentary
Year
2013
Status
Completed
Director
Zachary Heinzerling
Producer
Lydia Dean Pilcher, Zachary Heinzerling, Patrik Burns
Cast
Noriko Shinohara, Ushio Shinohara

Logline

This candid New York love story explores the chaotic 40-year marriage of renowned “boxing” painter Ushio Shinohara and his wife, Noriko.

Synopsis

A reflection on love, sacrifice, and the creative spirit, this candid New York story explores the 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 to become the wife and assistant to an unruly, alcoholic husband. Over the course of their marriage, the roles have shifted. Now 80, Ushio struggles to establish his artistic legacy, while Noriko is at last being recognized for her own art —a series of drawings entitled “Cutie,” depicting her challenging past with Ushio. Spanning four decades, the film is a moving portrait of a couple wrestling with the eternal themes of sacrifice, disappointment and aging, against a background of lives dedicated to art.

Festivals

Sundance Film Festival

Sundance Film Festival 2013

Won, Directing Award

Documentary: Zachary Heinzerling

Tribeca Film Festival 2013

2nd place, Audience Award

Documentary: Zachary Heinzerling