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Oscar-nominated documentary about the 40-year relationship between Japanese painter Ushio Shinohara and his wife Noriko. Ushio found fame in the 1960s after leaving his native land for New York, where the couple met and married. Noriko gave up her career and education to act as her husband's assistant, but after 40 years together, she is now beginning to be recognised as an artist in her own right. Storyville series editor: Nick Fraser.

For years, Ushio Shinohara has been one of the leading, and most underappreciated, alternative artists in Japan and New York City with an wildly esoteric style. For many of those years, his wife, Noriko, has been a faithful companion to this idiosyncratic man, but grew want to be more. This film covers the relationship of these special couple as Ushio struggles for commercial success on his own terms. Meanwhile, we also follow Noriko pursuing her own artistic vision with her semi-autobiographical line art project that reveals much about her own soul as eloquently as her husband's work.

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