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Cutie and the Boxer (2013)

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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.
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Cast overview:
Noriko Shinohara ... Herself
Ushio Shinohara ... Himself
Alex Shinohara ... Himself
Ethan Cohen Ethan Cohen ... Himself
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For years, Ushio Shinohara has been one of the leading, and most under- appreciated, alternative artists in Japan and New York City with an wildly esoteric style. For many of those years, his wife, Noriko, has been a faithful companion to this idiosyncratic man, but grew wanting to be more. This film covers the relationship of this special couple as Ushio struggles for commercial success on his own terms. Additionally, we follow Noriko pursuing her own artistic vision with her semi-autobiographical line art project that reveals much about her own soul as eloquently as her husband's work. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Rated R for nude art images | See all certifications »
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English | Japanese

Release Date:

1 November 2013 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Lepotica i bokser See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$21,098, 18 August 2013

Gross USA:

$200,036

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$200,036
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1.85 : 1
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Ushio Shinohara: Life is wonderful. Life should be positive. When it's blown to pieces, that's when it becomes art. Art is messy and dirty when it pours out of you. The New York Times once said "Shinohara is amazing." Listen... Brother... Why do I... It makes me cry. I believe in my career goddamn it. Why do I have to? I want to cry. I've got nothing. Listen to me! This is so hard... And it's so fantastic... Now I've got nothing. You see... We are the ones suffering the most from art...
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108 Desires
Performed by Yasuaki Shimizu
Arrangement by Yasuaki Shimizu
Lyrics by Suzi Kim, Yasuaki Shimizu
Published by TV Man Union, Inc. (JASRAC)
COURTESY OF TV MAN UNION, INC.
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A Candid Portrait of a 40-Year Artistic Marriage
9 April 2014 | by l_rawjalaurenceSee all my reviews

CUTIE AND THE BOXER is a no-holds barred documentary focusing on the 40- year marriage of Ushio Shinohara and his wife Noriko. Ushio established his reputation in Japan as a leading avant-garde artist before emigrating to the United States; since his marriage in the early Seventies, it's clear he has assumed a dominant role as artist and alcoholic, seldom taking much notice of his wife, also an artist. Zachary Heinzerling's film shows how Noriko carved out a niche for herself by creating designs for herself, focusing on a character called Cutie and her struggles for self-determination. The subjects of such designs are very closely related to Noriko's own life; it's clear she has experienced a difficult time trying to put up with a difficult husband - who throughout his life has found it hard to make a living through his art - and a son who drinks too much. It's a tribute to her stoicism that she not only manages to retain her artistic voice, but creates designs of her own that satirize her husband. Ushio, by now a reformed alcoholic, views his wife's paintings indulgently; they don't represent a threat to his masculinity, nor his status as an artist. In truth Noriko's designs are far more expressive than her husband's - although Ushio claims to produce material that will show a "new" artist, he only ever produces copies of work created several decades previously. Director Heinzerling makes no judgment on either of the protagonists, but leaves us to make up our own minds, What is perhaps most admirable is the way the couple have stayed together through thick and thin - despite their differences, they are obviously still in love with one another.


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