Cutie and the Boxer Movie


Cutie and the Boxer

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2013 | R | Documentary

An exploration of life and art via the 40-year love story of Ushio and Noriko Shinohara, two Japanese artists who met and married in New York in the early 1970s.

U.S. Release Date

Cutie and the Boxer release date was Friday, August 16, 2013. This was a Limited in theaters release.


Tuesday, February 4, 2014

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Patrick Burns
Lydia Dean Pilcher

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Directed by

Zachary Heinzerling



Rating MPAA

R for nude art images


As a rowdy young Neo-Dadaist artist in Tokyo, Ushio yearned for international recognition, so in 1969 he set sail for New York City. Nineteen-year-old Noriko came to New York to study art, where she met and fell in love with Ushio, 21 years her senior. Putting her own artistic ambitions on hold, Noriko dedicated herself to supporting her husband's career. Over the course of their marriage, the roles of assistant and artist have slowly begun to transform. Now 80, Ushio, widely known for his boxing painting, is obsessed with establishing his artistic legacy, while Noriko is at last finding her voice as an artist with a series of drawings entitled “Cutie and Bullie,” depicting her own chaotic relationship with Ushio.
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