First there was Eames: The Architect and The Painter chronicling the lives of Ray and Charles Eames. Then there’s Herb & Dorothy and their Vogel art collection. Now we have CUTIE AND THE BOXER, described as a candid New York love story that explores the chaotic 40-year marriage of famed boxing painter Ushio Shinohara and his wife, Noriko. Once a rising star in the ‘70s New York art scene, 80-year-old “boxing” painter Ushio Shinohara hopes to reinvigorate his career as he preps for his latest show. His wife, and de facto assistant, Noriko, seeks her own recognition through her “Cutie” illustrations, which depict their chaotic, yet sustained, 40-year marriage.
Anxious to shed her role as her overbearing husband’s assistant, Noriko finds an identity of her own. CUTIE AND THE BOXER captures two lives united by a dedication to art-making for a touching meditation on the eternal themes of love and sacrifice. Directed by Zachary Heinzerling, this documentary looks like a TKO. Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think.