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Cutie and the Boxer -- This candid New York love story explores the chaotic 40-year marriage of famed boxing painter Ushio Shinohara and his wife, Noriko. Anxious to shed her role as her overbearing husband's assistant, Noriko finds an identity of her own.


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This candid New York love story explores the chaotic 40-year marriage of famed boxing painter Ushio Shinohara and his wife, Noriko. Anxious to shed her role as her overbearing husband's assistant, Noriko finds an identity of her own. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Noriko Shinohara ... Herself

Ushio Shinohara ... Himself
Alex Shinohara ... Himself
Ethan Cohen ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Benjamin Thys ... Tango Dancer (uncredited)

Directed by
Zachary Heinzerling 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Zachary Heinzerling 

Produced by
Veronica Balta .... consulting producer
Patrick Burns .... producer
Lydia Dean Pilcher .... producer
Ezra Edelman .... co-producer
Zachary Heinzerling .... producer
Kiki Miyake .... executive producer
Sierra Pettengill .... producer
Ryuhei Shindo .... associate producer
Mark Steele .... co-producer
Caroline Waterlow .... co-producer
Svetlana Zill .... co-producer
Original Music by
Yasuaki Shimizu 
Cinematography by
Zachary Heinzerling 
Film Editing by
David Teague 
Production Management
Mark Steele .... post-production supervisor
Art Department
Noriko Shinohara .... original drawings
Sound Department
Paul Hsu .... sound re-recording mixer
Branka Mrkic .... dialogue editor
Mark Henry Phillips .... sound designer
Jared Van Fleet .... sound recordist
Luciano Vignola .... assistant sound editor
Visual Effects by
Steve Mottershead .... visual effects artist: Flame artist
Camera and Electrical Department
Nathan Lynch .... additional camera
E.J. McLeavey-Fisher .... additional camera
Ryuhei Shindo .... additional camera
Animation Department
Jeffrey Hsu .... assistant animator
Chris Monaco .... animator
Editorial Department
Romain Capelle .... stills color corrector
Will Cox .... digital intermediate colorist
Andy Grieve .... additional editor
Akiko Iwakawa-Grieve .... additional editor
Akira Kamitaki .... assistant editor
Leon Roberts .... associate editor
Owen Rucker .... digital intermediate on-line editor
Ryuhei Shindo .... first assistant editor
Caitlin Tartaro .... digital intermediate producer
Anne Yao .... assistant editor
Eri Yokoyama .... assistant editor
Other crew
Teddy Blanks .... title designer
André Des Rochers .... production counsel
Mandy Goldberg .... director of development: Cine Mosaic
Bianca Grimshaw .... production counsel
Rod McCall .... archival consultant
Emily McEvoy .... creative executive: Cine Mosaic

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Rated R for nude art images
82 min
Canada:G (British Columbia) | Japan:PG12 | Singapore:NC16 | UK:12A | USA:R

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The perils of working together, 24 February 2014
Author: Martin Bradley ( from Derry, Ireland

Zachary Heinzerling's wonderful documentary "Cutie and the Boxer" is about the Japanese action painter Ushio Shinohara and his wife, the graphic artist Noriko and their life together in New York. Ushio was eighty when the film begins, (Noriko is 21 years younger than him), and it shows him at work today preparing for a new exhibition. His action paintings are created by his 'boxing' great daubs of paint onto large canvases, hence the name ' the boxer' while Noriko has created a young girl whom she calls Cutie and her graphic stories are brought beautifully to life in black and white animation. These and the film itself chart the course of their relationship, both personal and working, from their first meeting to the present day in a way that is highly original and really rather sad. Though it is obvious they really love each other the tensions of a working relationship keep bubbling to the surface. When Ushio heads off to Japan to try to sell some of his work Noriko almost feels happy at being left alone. The film is nominated for Best Documentary Feature at this year's Oscars and is very fine.

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