Oscar nominated for Best Documentary, our film Cutie and the Boxer is now available to own on DVD. 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. The DVD comes packed with extras, including deleted scenes, a study of Ushio's Boxing Painting and a 70's Archival film about Ushio.
As a rowdy young Neo-Dadaist artist in Tokyo, Ushio yearned for international recognition, so in 1969 he set sail for New York City. When 19-year-old Noriko moved to New York to study art, she fell in love with Ushio, ultimately 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 is obsessed with establishing his artistic legacy, while Noriko is at last being recognized for her own art - a series of drawings entitled “Cutie and Bullie”, 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, love and aging, against a background of lives dedicated to art.