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


- It's your birthday.

- Huh?

Damn... I'm finally 80 years old.

- You wearing those?

- No, these are for you!

Oh. What a surprising birthday present.

Look at these ducks.

Quack, quack.

Where are the candles?

We don't have 80 candles.

- We only have a "three."

- Three is fine.

You have to blow it out.

You have cake all over your face.

I really don't care!

I don't listen to you.

That's how I... keep young.

It's nothing to do with you turning 80.

You've never listened.

So isn't it about time you listened?

? Food, sex, sleep ?

? Money, health, flow ?

? Speed, love, nurse ?

? Peace, hair, clothes ?

? Dreams, space, fate ?

? Trouble, home, flower ?

? Push, murder, breeze ?

? Water, curves, tan ?

? Alone, mirror, truth ?

? Mother, risk, fall ?

? Shock, color, caress ?

? Hands ?

? Good ?

? Nasty, heat, please ?

? Wit, whims, sperm ?

? Just, you, fool ?

? Empty, laughs, skin ?

? Different, smell, third eye ?

? Hunt, time, fight ?

? Sacrifice ?

? Nicotine, youth ?

? Sane, lies, blue ?

? Info, clear, noise ?

? Reason, teasing ?

? Honesty, hard, soft ?

? Beauty, danger ?

? Curves, tan ?

? Alone, mirror, truth ?

? Mother, risk, fall ?

? Shock ?

? Pain, body, fame ?

? Hear me, free me ?

? Eat me, kill me ?

? Give me, form me ?

? Game me ?

? Heaven, cold ?

? Jealous, release ?

? Subtle, nature ?

? Shelter, energy ?

? Flavor, control ?

? Dirt, street ?

? Scream, ideas ?

? True, hell ?

Here you go. Let's go.

Here, let's go.

We've got water dripping

into our bedroom from the third floor.

I'll bring it up to here.

Just a minute.

All right.

It's like Niagara Falls.

OK. Let's go.

You know we haven't paid this month's

rent? Landlord sent us a bill.

And we need to pay utilities

or they will shut them off.

How much do we need?

Too scary to think about...


The rent plus $1,000.

That would be enough for a while.

OK. We're here. Let's go.

Open sesame.


OK, go ahead.

- You don't have to hold it.

- No, no, we have to do it together.

Remove the one underneath.

Pull more. A little more.

I'm putting everything

into my next show.

Maybe I can sell. I have to sell.

This cardboard motorcycle is my pride.

My pride and a chance...

to show everyone.

With this show, my reputation

is going to go like:


- The headlight is too big.

- The headlight?

- Maybe we should redo it.

- Too big? It's too late.

You can't tell what it is.

I guess after painting,

it will look more like something.


I'm not his assistant.

It's better I make mine... my work.

But sometimes I help

because it's an emergency.

Because I'm husband!

You are so pitiful.

Be careful.

Don't get mugged on the way home.

I'm sure you can tell Noriko

doesn't really want to help.

She is just an assistant.

The average one

has to support the genius.

That's what I think.

It's done.

Big Blue's defense

step it up again.

Look at that big sack

by Justin Tuck

on the Giants' 7-yard line.

Gyu-chan! Dinner is ready.

This red snapper is delicious.

But it's so cheap.

My cooking is expensive.


This would cost ten times more

in a restaurant.

It's like you get to eat

in an expensive restaurant every day.

What's the problem?

I've spent a lot

of time on this meal

and the way you

gobble it up is so gross.

That's why I hate eating together.

I made it all pretty

but you quickly make a big mess.

This soup is excellent.

Do you know the correct way

to eat a cherry tomato?


Look what happens

when you do it the wrong way.

OK, didn't come out this time.

What the hell are you doing?

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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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