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Jiro Dreams of Sushi
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…
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,…
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…
I thought Jiro Dreams of Sushi would be little more than hero worship and food porn. What I found was so much more! Sure, you're supposed to admire Jiro's drive and energy at age 85 and the shots of the sushi are nothing short of spectacular, but the real crux of the story is the effect his lifelong pursuit of perfection has had on his two sons.
I was especially invested in his eldest son's plight. His name is Yoshikazu, and he had dreams of his own before his father asked him to carry on his legacy. The documentary about Jiro's notable life turns into an exploration of Japanese culture, a condemnation of over-fishing,…
A very interesting look at a man whose life is sushi. It's a documentary about tradition, dedication and finding your calling. Very entertaining, and the sushi looks delicious!
How much real familial drama is apparent but left unsaid in Jiro Dreams of Sushi, and how much is simply a result of my need to inject some form of chaos into the Ono family's neat, strictly delineated world? The subtext for some minor disputes is obvious--fraternal rivalry, career advancement hemmed in by societal strictures, one's future being determined by a domineering father--but do any of these problems truly plague the sons of Jiro Ono, or torment the man himself? Or am I being a prototypical English major, contriving meaning and conflict where there is none?
I don't know….Maybe I'm overthinking Jiro Dreams of Sushi after my third viewing of the film. I adore this movie, consider it to trail…
A pleasant and savory documentary.
I had Searching for Sugar Man in the back of my head as I was watching this, but only because when I tweeted about that film back when I saw it, the person who responded to it told me to watch Jiro Dreams of Sushi. In a way, I wish I hadn't had the former in my mind at the time, because it's an incredible film, and I was expecting the latter to live up to it. It didn't, but it's still a decent, interesting documentary.
It concerns Jiron Ono, a chef in Tokyo who, as the title would suggest, literally has dreams of sushi. He is, at the time of filming, 85-years-old, and shows no signs of stopping. His…
Jiro Dreams of Sushi is a compelling and emotional documentary that visits the life of Jiro Ono, an 85-year-old master sushi chef in Tokyo, and his middle-aged sons.
The film charts a relatively predictable path – initially establishing Jiro’s forbidding legendary status, then probing his personality and past with well-constructed and well-edited interviews that quickly demonstrate Jiro’s sense of humour, foibles, and difficult past, showing that he isn’t simply a stereotypical Japanese automaton.
Impressively, the film does this while also satisfying the audience’s more basic touristic desire for a glimpse of what it actually takes to make world-class sushi, and the kind of people who choose that life, as well as some delightfully voyeuristic food-porn shots of sushi.
Fascinating and beautifully made. It's also pretty emotional, but in a subdued sense. I'm not sure I learned anything about sushi from this movie, but the people it profiles are interesting enough.
jiro’s face on the poster just makes me want to squeal with joy, he is such an inspiration! it is such a treat to watch because you are so surprised sushi is so artful (and subsequently both in awe of jiro and the other chef’s talent and drooling over the food), and because such a simple story at first seems unworthy of 80 minutes, and then it slowly develops and never really slows down until right at the end. the whole staff is so interesting and then so is the other side of the restaurant; the produce they buy and customers and critics reactions.
the subject really carried this, the transitions were nice fades but they felt a bit too gimmicky and boring by the end. the cinematography inside the restaurant was really lovely and so was the slow-motion which really gave a sense of the MASTERY that is preparing sushi.
The documentary that made me love sushi even more than I already did. Food becomes a work of art as much as this film itself. Beautiful.
Nicely shot, if a bit one-note, but fascinating character study. Would love to try some of that sushi.
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