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Jiro Dreams of Sushi
Fall in love with your work
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
Thank you Documentary Now for the chance to revisit it. It's a really nice food documentary about the level of dedication required to be this kind of master. But what the movie does really well and Documentary Now also played up was the fantastic questioning of what it means to be that selfishly motivated. Like the question at the heart of Whiplash, you have to almost give up everything to be this good but is that a good way to live? Especially when you have children looking up to you and looking for their chance.
This was truly a brilliant piece of documentary film making. I made a lot of comparisons with Bill Cunningham, New York and the work ethic of both Jiro and Bill. It also gives an interesting incite into japanese culture. Fascinating.
I wanna give Jiro a hug.
Foodie porn, for sure, but elevated by all the broader themes that bubble up: philosophies about vocation, family, duty, drive, and striving for perfection. On the other hand, the film is a bit repetitive, returning to the same slow-motion shots and the same talking heads saying essentially the same things, over and over, with only a few brief detours to explore side paths, like Jiro's younger son, the process of buying fish, and the visit to his hometown. How many ways can the food critic say "Jiro's sushi is the best"? You could see this as a reflection of Jiro's method for self-improvement, of doing the same thing over and over, but it felt less meditative than lazy to me.
Watch out this one might make you stop being a vegetarian
Mostly made me hungry. Specifically for sushi.
Liked this a good deal more a second time, and goes to show how much context can change things. The first viewing was at AFI Fest in 2011, in the Egyptian Theatre. I’d barely seen any Japanese films, was twenty-five years old, hadn’t even tried sushi, and was seeing this rather small movie on a gigantic screen. Now I adore Japanese cinema, am a few years older, quite like sushi, am planning a trip to Japan in a month, and was watching the film in a living room. I still think it has the common limitations of the talking-head documentary -you’re only going to be able to see so far past what the subject wants to tell you - but…
Em tempos onde discursos como "não precisamos trabalhar em uma só coisa pelo resto da vida", "temos que saber equilibrar vida pessoal e trabalho" e "precisamos encontrar um propósito no nosso trabalho" - discursos estes que apoio sempre -, um documentário como este abre a cabeça para muita coisa.
Uma reflexão que se iniciou na minha cabeça foi de tentar imaginar se pra viver em uma sociedade mais saudável, com equilíbrio entre trabalho e vida pessoal, teremos que abrir mão da excelência. Não digo que não teremos ótimos profissionais, mas talvez deixemos de incentivar novos Kubrick's, Pelé's, Roger Federer's, David Foster Wallace's e obviamente, Jiro's pessoas que transcendem as características humanas para levarem a humanidade um passo a frente.
Tudo isso contado de forma simples, mas com uma delicadeza e beleza que com certeza inspirou Chef's Table, uma de minhas criações preferidas da "TV" nos últimos tempos.
Great 60-90 min films (for those days when you just don't have the energy to watch a 3 hour masterpiece)
Doesn't the title of the list explain it well enough? This is a list of hight quality "short" films. Easy…
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