Will 'Cutie and the Boxer' be a knockout?

05:00 AM, Jul 08, 2013

The poster for 'Cutie and the Boxer.' Radius-TWC/


Written By by Whitney Matheson, USA TODAY

Ushio Shinohara and his wife, Noriko, have been together for 40 years. Most of that time, Noriko has worked as Ushio’s assistant, helping the artist create his avant-garde and pop culture-inspired work.

But a new documentary is bringing new attention to Noriko’s own art — and after it arrives in theaters, her career may eclipse her husband’s. With Cutie and the Boxer, director Zachary Heinzerling offers an intimate look at the married couple and Noriko’s comic illustrations about her life with Ushio.

Check out this new trailer, which is also on Apple.com:

As you can see, Ushio is most famous for his “boxing paintings,” in which he punches paint-dipped boxing gloves directly onto the canvas. Believe it or not, he’s still doing this at 80. Below is a performance from 2012:

The movie was a hit at Sundance and has gotten great reception at other film fests, too. As a big fan of the Christo/Jeanne-Claude documentary The Gates and 1994’s Crumb, I’m eager to witness the dynamic between the married artists in this film.

Cutie and the Boxer opens Aug. 16.