Cutie & The Boxer ~ Art Cinema
English, Japanese/R/82 min
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 wanting to be more. This film covers the relationship of this 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.
“A movie that makes you feel less like a spectator than a guest, a friend welcomed into the home of an odd and fascinating couple.” A.O. Scott, New York Times