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The Shinohara.

I didn't know why I have never crossed into this documentary before. Though it was only released not so long ago, I wish this were handpicked earlier before any others. I finally met The Shinohara after I got a copy of Cutie and The Boxer last night and I couldn't get my mind off of it.

It was a documentary about 80-year-old "boxing" painter Ushio Shinohara preps for his latest show, hoping to reinvigorate his career. His wife and de facto assistant, Noriko Shinohara, seeks her own recognition through her "Cutie" illustrations, which depict their 40-year marriage. Through this background story, both Ushio and Noriko are captured as two lives that united by a dedication to art-making for a touching meditation on the eternal themes of love and sacrifice. 

Zachary Heinzerling broughts the abstraction of affection (towards art and marriage) through his beautiful shots. The moment I saw the film is opened with a sequence which we follow the creation of Ushio's trademark boxing mural through one long shot, I know I would love every bit of this splashy documentary. 

Funny, honest at times, and really heartbreaking to see how these struggling artists tried to make their voices heard and be appreciated in New York City. But the most important component that hit me was beyond all that. This movie has given me a new perspective on creative partnership when it glitches with marriage and reality. While at the other hand, it brought up hope that true love would conquer those all. All that subtle messages are wrapped within a set of gorgeous color palette, typography, whimsical music, and beautiful design elements in this movie. Here are some of my favorite scenes.

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After almost 90 mins of watching Ushio and Noriko, I start believing there's a probability to stay in love in a magical place of creativity. This is romance I have never thought to work before. Well, is it time to broaden the view?

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