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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
What a great documentary.
Elderly chef Jiro Ono has spent his life trying to prepare the perfect sushi in his Tokyo restaurant, and he shows how it's done. The viewer comes to realize that each piece of sushi is a real work of art, and the main character is very particular about everything (even where people sit). Another thing that Jiro Ono reminds us is that irresponsible fishing methods could wipe out the fish stocks.
The documentary is a fine look at the work that goes into these masterful dishes. You just gotta respect the people who put the effort into this, especially considering that Jiro Ono has kept at it for so long. There can be no doubt that these great-tasting (not to mention very healthy) foods are part of the reason why the Japanese tend to live so long. But more than anything, this is a documentary that you're sure to love. I recommend it.
Jiro Dreams of Sushi is incredibly uplifting. If you haven't seen it before it's a documentary about a man devoting his life to his trade and becoming the first ever sushi restaurant to gain Michelin Stars (which by the way is actually the same company that makes the tyres which I find insane).
If you're familiar with "Chef's Table" on Netflix, this follows very much the same format and probably inspired the show. It's very well shot, plenty of backstory about the chef and beautiful shots of the food.
It's hard not to be inspired to do something with your life after watching it.
Lovely, meditative imagery – and still very informative. While I am now capable of ordering sushi without loosing face, the observational, roaming aesthetic of the film is what truly creates a soothing, memorable aesthetic – and keeps me coming back to rewatch.
Beautifully shot and brilliantly edited. There's something pretty inspiring about Jiro's philosophy and work ethic that makes me want to work that much harder at what I hope to do as well.
I, too, dream of sushi
A great character portrait set to gorgeous cinematography and music. It's a ton of fun!
I am not the biggest Sushi fan, but after watching this, I get the impression the raw fish got a raw deal from me and maybe my apathy is all my own fault.
Lovely documentary, really about a series of people from Jiro, to his children and his suppliers, who dedicate everything to just one discipline/pursuit/passion. Jiro has no regrets, but without wanting to besmirch an old man his life's work, he is a tiny bit of an arsehole, but in that way some people who pursue excellence at all costs can be.
Inspirational as well, especially when thinking of his apprentices & his sons. Jiro being this into sushi is one thing, but so many people wanting to keep that legacy alive, that's special.
As most documentaries go, this one is filled with interviews, speculations about its topic and also, predictions about the future of its subjects. What sets it apart however is the intimate, almost intrusive insight into a restaurant so hard to get to (it seats only 8 and reservations must be made months in advance), and the tingling juxtaposition between two of man’s most enjoyable pleasures: food and music. Jiro is the conductor, his sous chefs are the orchestra, and their hands are the instruments. Jiro makes it clear that to understand sushi, one must do the same as one does with music… feel it, quite literally in this sense. All of the sushi in Jiro’s restaurant is prepared and served…
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Films ranked from 2011 that I would give four stars or higher.
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