Cutie and the Boxer is a love story between a Japanese couple. Set in New York that tells the tale of artists. Ushio is an action painter, paints while boxing. He became famous in Tokyo. Noriko moved to New York to pursue art at 19. After moving to New York Noriko fell left to support for Ushio during his art career, she then put her dream of becoming an artist on hold.
The movie goes through its up and downs and it becomes an interesting love story for all the wrong reasons. The movie shows their own dynamic, now at 59 Noriko goes on to pursue her dream again at art but in a whole new way. Ushio’s hardship is becoming a famous painter in modern day.
The film was lighthearted and joyous; I couldn’t help but smile at all the bickering between the two but how perfectly well they meshed together. Adding art to their love made me that much more interested. I love how the focus of the film is all of the layers of their relationship, the trials and tribulations. I could feel the love even though there are lots of differences between them after 40 years of marriage.
The two are 21 years apart, having met when she was 19 and he was 41. I highly recommend this film for the lighthearted creation and dynamic of love and art.