FJ Rating: Big Screener/Renter
Cast: Ushio Shinohara, Noriko Shinohara, Alex Shinohara, Ethan Cohen
Director: Zachary Heinzerling
R, 1 hr 22 min
Ushio and his artist wife, Noriko, struggle to make ends meet in New York City. Known as the renowned “boxing” painter, Ushio treats his wife more like his personal assistant, putting his needs before hers. After 40-years of marriage, Noriko decides it’s finally time to put her talent and independence at the forefront.
“Cutie and the Boxer” is a film about love and sacrifice. The film really gives its audience a deeper look into the struggles and hardships that come with marriage. For most of their 40-year marriage, Noriko has been more of a personal assistant/cook/maid to Ushio than the hardworking, talented wife that she is. Throughout the film, the roles change and Noriko begins to establish her own independence and sense of self through her art. “Cutie and the Boxer” is eye-opening, funny, and will make you reflect on what’s important in your life.