Cutie and the Boxer
Wichita Art MuseumSun, Oct 20, 2013 2:30 PM - Sun, Oct 20, 2013 4:30 PM Event Date Passed  
Film Info
Release Year:2013
Runtime:82 min
Production Country:USA
Subtitles:In English and Japanese with English Subtitles
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Director:Zachary Heinzerling
Produced By:Patrick Burns
Lydia Dean Pilcher
Editing By:David Teague
Cast:Ethan Cohen
Alex Shinohara
Noriko Shinohara
Ushio Shinohara

Winner of the Directing Award: U.S. Documentary at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, Zachary Heinzerling’s remarkable debut is an indelible portrait of art, companionship, and the 40-year love story between Ushio and Noriko Shinohara, two Japanese artists who meet and marry in New York in the early 1970s. Surviving decades of hardship, resentment, financial anxiety, thwarted aspirations, and Ushio’s chronic alcoholism, they are a study in artistic symbiosis.Now 80 years old and finally sober, Ushio is preparing a joint exhibit with Noriko, yet he still treats her as a de facto assistant. Ushio’s mixed-media sculptures and “boxing” paintings, infused with chaotic energy, have brought notoriety—but rarely income. Meanwhile, Noriko, emerging from her husband’s shadow, creates intimate comic-styled watercolor and ink drawings that tell the story—a muted empowerment fantasy—of their alter egos, Cutie and Bullie.

English and Japanese with English subtitles