Cutie and the Boxer (NC16)

Southeast Asia Premiere


An intimate observational documentary, Cutie And The Boxer chronicles the unique love story of Ushio and Noriko Shinohara, a pair of married Japanese artists living in New York. Anxious to shed her role as assistant to her overbearing husband, Noriko finds an identity of her own. This film is a moving portrait of a couple wrestling with the eternal themes of sacrifice, disappointment and aging - all set against a background of shared lives dedicated to art.

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  • Director Zachary Heinzerling
  • Subject Contemporary Art, Japan Culture
  • Language English, Japanese
  • Runtime 82 mins

“Intimate lensing by Heinzerling captures the opposites-attract personalities of his subjects. The striking score by avant-garde sax man Yasuaki Shimizu is a big plus.”

“Because Cutie and Boxer resists easy sentimentality, its view of life and love is all the more powerful.”
The Hollywood Reporter

“The simple approach teases fascinating parallels between art and marriage: essential to both, it seems, are a thick skin and an optimism verging on madness.”
Total Film

Rotten Tomatoes (96% Rating)