How selfless some people can be to those they love unconditionally is the heart warming feeling you get when you watch Cutie And The Boxer online. The documentary film is a story that chronicles the struggles of artists and the complications such a career can bring to a relationship. This is depicted in the lives of Noriko Shinohara and Ushio Shinohara. They were both born in Japan but they moved to New York where they now live. They have been together for four decades in what has clearly been a difficult relationship.
The husband, Ushio Shinohara, is a small-time artist. He has not encountered any life changing success and is only famous for his eccentric way of painting â€“ by use of boxing gloves that are soaked in paint. As most artists would relate the family have had financial struggles for quite some time.
The wife, Noriko Shinohara, who is two decades Ushioâ€™s junior, is forced to put aside her own art career in order to devote her time to raising their son who is named Alex. And besides sacrificing her career for motherhood, she is also at the same time her husbandâ€™s receptionist, chef and assistant for no pay.
In Norikoâ€™s art she has created a comic book character called Cutie who, upon arriving in New York, is smitten by an older man who happens to be a broke artist known as Bullie. This is clearly borrowed from her real life experience.
Though Ushio seems unappreciative of Norikoâ€™s sacrifice, the question is whether he will ever learn and respect her as a genuine artist in her own right.