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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,…
Finally. 4.5/5.0 because as Jiro would say there is always room to improve.
A delicious and enlightening look at the man who many consider the best sushi master in Japan. This documentary is part character study (the director hints at early events in Jiro's life that motivated him into becoming what he became), part family dynamic (his relationship with his sons; his parents), part exploration of the sushi culture and industry in Japan and part pure appreciation of the sushi aesthetic and the philosophy behind doing it successfully.
If you enjoy eating sushi and are intrigued by masters of their craft then you will likely appreciate this film. I definitely appreciated the unprecedented glimpse into this private man's world although there were parts where the film seemed to be wanting to be more…
I think this movie demonstrates once and for all that real life can tell a greater story than any screenwriter could ever dream. I salute this elegant, delicious poem of a film; now does anyone know where I can get some good sushi?
super super inspiring movie. as an artist and a foodie I was deep into this rad doc
The ways of the japanese never cease to amaze me.
Thanks Jiro! Now I'm dreaming of sushi!
Jiro Dreams of Sushi is about the passion and dedication of a master chef, but more importantly, it is the story of the food on Jiro's plate. This documentary frames one man's talents by showing us why sushi is a such unique art in and of itself. It is like a little window into a culture that anyone outside of Japan may have never seen before.
Jiro has a relationship with food that is similar to religion. It is because of this reverence that if I ever had to recommend any one documentary it would have to be this one. It is quiet, subtle, and a true reflection of the subject.
If you don't mind reading subtitles then you have no excuse not to see Jiro Dreams of Sushi.
It's good to watch for 20 minutes and after that it has nothing new to say.
In addition to being a talented documentarian, David Gelb has proven himself to be an artist with a keen eye for both the intricacies and even the grandiose that make film in this medium the wonderful thing it can be. I mean, it's a movie about a guy who makes sushi, but it's there, I promise.
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