Now 80 years old and finally sober, Ushio is preparing a joint exhibit with Noriko, yet he still treats her as a de facto assistant. Ushio’s mixed-media sculptures and “boxing” paintings, infused with chaotic energy, have brought notoriety—but rarely income. Meanwhile, Noriko, emerging from her husband’s shadow, creates intimate comic-styled watercolor and ink drawings that tell the story—a muted empowerment fantasy—of their alter egos, Cutie and Bullie.
Skillfully photographed and crafted, Cutie and the Boxer moves fluidly between past and present, employing a vérité aesthetic, archival footage, and beautifully animated sequences of Noriko’s drawings. Heinzerling seamlessly inhabits their space, observing its rhythms and textures, their complex dynamic, and the creative vitality that fuels their lives.
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About the Director
Cast and Credits
Director: Zachary Heinzerling
Executive Producers: Lydia Dean Pilcher, Kiki Miyake
Producers: Sierra Pettengill, Patrick Burns, Zachary Heinzerling
Cinematographer: Zachary Heinzerling
Editor: David Teague
Composer: Yasuaki Shimizu
Contact: Mark Steele / firstname.lastname@example.org