This is the story of the complex lives & arts of the artist couple Shinoharas. Ushio Shinohara is best known for his unique art which combines the violent sport of boxingwith quite an artistic creation through painting. Ushio and his wife Noriko are celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary.
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This documentary made me feel both depressed and happy. Cutie and the Boxer focuses on one of the art world's most eccentric couples, but the intimate look at marriage and sacrifice feels very universal. I thoroughly enjoyed it, especially Cutie's sharp sense of humor.
Incredible documentary concerning the artist Ushio Shinohara and his equally talented wife Noriko. Ushio has just turned 80 and is mounting a new show; one that he will share with his long suffering partner. What makes this film so special is its capture of marriage and the deep love between the two artists not shying away from the challenges, regrets and struggles that go into a long marriage..but the love shows.
How difficult it is to live as the wife of Japanese Artist Ushio Shinohara, bringing up a child in poverty - It is a love story but not a fairy tale - It shows the harshness of life as a couple, the struggle, and the dedication to Art.
Noriko is more compelling to me as an artist and person, but Ushio makes a great comment: "Art is a demon that drags you along. It's not something you can stop, even if you should. Your wife leaves, your kid runs away. You throw yourself away to be an artist." I especially loved the final scene, the sparring "match" between Cutie and her Boxer.
Fascinating glimpse into the difficult marriage and artistic partnership of this Japanese couple. Stylistic break from the standard doc format. Not super insightful, but a fitting examination of its subject(s).