MOVIE REVIEW - "CUTIE & THE BOXER"
Got the to Showroom theatre in Asbury and they said ?Cutie and the Boxer? was
playing ?upstairs?. Went up the stairs where there were 12, yes 12 independent
living room style lounge chair o sit in (and some footrests). Amazing I didn?t fall
asleep I was so comfortable.
This was a most interesting (but maybe a tad too long at 82 minutes) documentary
the life of 70's art phenom Ushio Shinohara and his wife Noriko, also a lifelong
artist who is 20 years his younger. The point was made yet kept going.
Clearly, at least within the art world of NYC in his earlier days, Ushio was known
for his spririted and different style of art plus being a 1st generation Japanese ? American
in NYC.). His future wife flew to NYC to start a life as an artist in NYC, met him, found
a soul mate in art, fell in love, got married and and had a child. The boxing/painting
scenes are unique to say the least as are the results on these huge canvases. Love the
goggles, Everlast boxing gloves with rags and more.
There is some wonderful super 8 video of these 2 and their son and friends spliced
into this film which is magical that it was captured and saved. Ushio became
quite an alcoholic blowing his earnings on hooch while putting his wife and son very
far down his priority list.
The son, not falling far from the tree being raised in an alcohol themed home with a sort of
absent father, has his own demons. He too becomes an artist and an alcoholic. (a la
The Spectacular Now playing downstairs at the Showcase in theatre #1).
Anyway, it is fascinating of story of marriage, the roles mothers and fathers play, loyalty, culture
and more told thru art and the lives of "starving artists". Nice to see the wife finding her
voice thru her art and her own sense of self as she gets older. She has this life long series
called ?Cutie (her) loves Bullie (him) and they splice in these drawings with some ever so
slight animation and color.