Cutie and the Boxer

Synopsis: For years, Ushio Shinohara has been one of the leading, and most under- appreciated, 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. Additionally, we 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.
Director(s): Zachary Heinzerling
Production: Radius
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 8 wins & 13 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
82 min

You should just

throw it up and catch it.

- You should try.

- I can't.

OK, I'll give it a go.

Go ahead.

There's no way you can do it.

I almost had it.

I'm hopeless.

I give up.

You did it.

Remember in Spielberg's movie?

I think it was Raiders of the

Lost Ark...

I don't remember.

There's a scene where they poison food

like this and someone's about to eat it.

But right then, this monkey grabs it

and eats it and it dies.

But the Spielberg film

we saw the other day was horrible.

You mean the last Indiana Jones?

Yeah. It sucked.

Are you sure it was Spielberg?

Yeah, he's done. He's too old.

I love Jaws.

Jaws was the best.

You always say

the first work is the best.

Yeah. Young Spielberg.

But you could say the same for artists,

their first work is always the best.

Yeah, I guess.

It's the later work

where things get tough.

So if that's the case,

there is no hope.

Why continue?

Does it fit?

Yeah, it does. It does.

No, it won't fit.

- What's wrong?

- It's bent there.

OK, there it goes.

I got it. Nut, nut, nut.

Gyu-chan, hold the other side.

I need a nut!

Right, right, right.

Little more, little more.

This show in New York

which we call


Wham! Pow! Vroom!"

is the idea of action

and also "Vroom!"

for his motorcycle,

because Shinohara has been

making sculpture, you know,

since the beginning

of his artistic career.

He's been famous

for, you know, years.

But now is maybe

one of his key moments.

In the 1960s,

a Japanese painter

came to New York

seeking to create art

that would reflect the city's

prosperity and chaos.

This artist is Ushio Shinohara.

Early morning in SoHo:

cardboard has been discarded

in the streets,

and by walking a couple

of blocks from his loft,

Shinohara can collect all

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Zachary Heinzerling

Zachary Heinzerling is a film director. Heinzerling and producer Lydia Dean Pilcher were nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature for the 2013 film Cutie and the Boxer at the 2013 Academy Awards.In 2014, Heinzerling was hired by Beyoncé to direct the five-part web series Self-Titled for her latest album, Beyoncé. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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