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Directed by: Zachary Heinzerling 2012 | 81 min.

Section: Spring Showcase

Premiere: Hawaii


A reflection on love, sacrifice, and the creative spirit, this candid New York story explores the chaotic 40-year marriage of renowned “boxing” painter Ushio Shinohara and his artist wife, Noriko. As a rowdy, confrontational young artist in Tokyo, Ushio seemed destined for fame, but met with little commercial success after he moved to New York City in 1969, seeking international recognition. When 19-year-old Noriko moved to New York to study art, she fell in love with Ushio—abandoning her education to become the wife and assistant to an unruly, alcoholic husband.

Over the course of their marriage, the roles have shifted. Now 80, Ushio struggles to establish his artistic legacy, while Noriko is at last being recognized for her own art — a series of drawings entitled “Cutie,” depicting her challenging past with Ushio. Spanning four decades, the film is a moving portrait of a couple wrestling with the eternal themes of sacrifice, disappointment and aging, against a background of lives dedicated to art.

Synopsis written by: Sundance


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Cast & Crew

Director Zachary Heinzerling
Producer Sierra Pettengill, Patrick Burns, Zachary Heinzerling
Executive Producer Lydia Dean Pilcher, Kiki Miyake
Director of Photography Zachary Heinzerling
Editor David Teague
Music Composer Yasuaki Shimizu

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