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Cutie and the Boxer

This screening took place on
Sunday, March 23, 2014 at 6:00pm
Yukon Arts Centre

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.

For years, Ushio Shinohara has been one of the leading, and most underappreciated, 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 want to be more. This film covers the relationship of these special couple as Ushio struggles for commercial success on his own terms. Meanwhile, we also 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.

Nominated for Best Feature Documentary at this year’s Oscars.
In Japanese and English with English subtitles.

“It’s rare to see a film so beautifully crafted in all aspects. It captures the complex nature of love and art in a mesmerizing and deeply human way.” - Sundance Film Festival

  • Directed by Zachary Heinzerling
  • 2013, USA
  • 82 minutes
  • Film Subtitled
Cutie and the Boxer

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