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Jiro Dreams of Sushi
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JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI is the story of 85 year-old Jiro Ono, considered by many to be the world’s greatest sushi chef. He is the proprietor of Sukiyabashi Jiro, a 10-seat, sushi-only restaurant inauspiciously located in a Tokyo subway station. Despite its humble appearances, it is the first restaurant of its kind to be awarded a prestigious 3 star Michelin review, and sushi lovers from around the globe make repeated pilgrimage, calling months in advance and shelling out top dollar for a coveted seat at Jiro’s sushi bar.
As a culture, we don’t put a lot of stock in the pursuit of mastery. Sure, we’ll cheer for Michael Jordan and clap for Yo Yo Ma, but if we can find some way to destroy you (Tiger Woods, anyone?) we will. It seems, eventually, that the pursuit of mastery is some sort of threat on our tendencies toward the mediocre. This is where we find ourselves.
Enter Jiro. Jiro is the best sushi maker in the world. Really. He has no other passions, no other drives. He is 100% devoted to the pursuit of mastery in his field. It’s something you don’t see every day and, more importantly, something to aspire to.
This movie isn’t about how the world…
Stylistically, this is a fairly conventional documentary. It features a lot of talking heads and voice overs, is way too heavy handed in the transitions department, and could have done with a better cinematographer, especially outside the restaurant.
However, Jiro Dreams of Sushi overcomes some of the mundane techniques with its fascinating subject matter and its adept handling of the narrative.
Jiro's restaurant is in a subway station in Japan. If you want to eat there, be prepared to reserve several weeks (at least) in advance. It is about the art of making sushi, the man who makes the best, the men he has trained for years (in some cases, decades), the relationship between fathers and sons, and Japanese society,…
Jiro Dreams of Sushi is an interesting documentary about 85-year old, Jiro Ono, a sushi master who runs a 10-seat and three Michelin starred restaurant in Tokyo. The film documents his lifelong dedication to his craft and creation of his mouthwatering dishes. Yet it is also a film about family, Japanese culture, artistry and the way of life for a sushi shokunin (translated as artisan).
The direction of the film by David Gelb is staunchly conventional with familiar talking head sections and behind-the-scenes kitchen montages. It is a style that fits this story of a man who seems entirely defined by his unquestionable skill and dedication to his discipline. Even at 85-years old there is no sign of him relinquishing…
Work ethic, commitment, and attention to detail are just some of the driving factors for Jiro, a renowned sushi chef whose life and work are explored in the documentary, "Jiro Dreams of Sushi." The film is simple and unencumbered by flashiness, much like its subject; but it is an enjoyable testament to a man who has been working at his craft for 75 years.
The documentary crisply and deliberately observes Jiro, his sons, his admirers, and his vendors as the master chef practices his art. There is a subtlety to the film that is impressive: the film is not concerned with drama or conflict in the kitchen. It is concerned, simply, with Jiro, his creations, and their connections to familial…
While watching this there were two things going through my head. The first was a quote said by Paul Newman in The Hustler, "You know, like anything can be great, anything can be great. I don't care, BRICKLAYING can be great, if a guy knows. If he knows what he's doing and why and if he can make it come off." This applies perfectly to this film. I had put this film off for a while based on the fact that I have no real interest in the culinary arts or especially sushi, yet this film really opened my eyes and made me appreciate the art and beauty of something as simple as making sushi. Like the quote above says,…
I've always wanted to eat octopus Oldboy style
those dissolves 😩😩😩👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾😩😩😩 Yes.
AMAZING portrait of an amazing chef who creates art in the form of sushi. I dream of visiting his restaurant!
Un ritratto senza tempo, senza mode, senza contaminazioni. Non è solo la vita di un uomo dedicata interamente al lavoro, alla costante ricerca della perfezione, sia nel gusto che nel servizio, ma l'essenza del Giappone stesso. Un film che va oltre alla descrizione e all'ottima tecnica visiva, ma mira a far capire le cose importanti, attraverso il rispetto e alla dedizione, tramite immagini di vera poesia.
Having seen the Netflix original show Chef's Table first, this was a prefect precursor as well as a fun mile marker in David Gelb's film maker's journey.
Mmmhh Weltklasse Sushi und schnell fahren. Das is der Lifestyle.
More about shushi than Jiro.
A more appropriate title would be 'Sushi dreams of Jiro'.
I'm rating this as a film, because it is more film than documentary.
It's weirdly compelling to watch someone perform an activity they are 100% devoted to. Jiro's life is sushi, and it's this passion that makes the film so engrossing. It would have been nice if they'd have touched more on the environmental implications of eating fish, but I guess that's not what the film is about.
Even better on the re-watch. This is a beautiful, serene film about pursuing one's passion to excellence. Jiro is an endearing and delightful man, and this documentary does justice to him and to the people he has taught his art of preparing sushi. Not done as a simple group of talking heads, I loved being taken to different locations, and getting to hear from various other experts in their chosen fields. Not surprisingly, Jiro has surrounded himself with people who also take their craft seriously, and have become masters in their own right. Such a peaceful and relaxing viewing experience.
Is obsession a bad thing? This film chronicles one man's pursuit of perfection and raises some interesting questions while displaying some of the most gorgeous culinary cinematography I have ever seen. The Days of Heaven of food porn.
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