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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,…
This was pretty interesting despite me not being much of a sushi eater. It was beautifully shot and I enjoyed the classical music that played throughout.
Documentary about an obsessive, 85 year old sushi master and his tiny, 3 Michelin star rated restaurant. It's a good film about the craft of food and gives an insight into the unique cultural elements which go with Japanese cooking.
There's a lot to admire about this film. It may not be ground-breaking or even all that compelling; but to see Jiro's drive to make himself better even at the age of 85 is just incredible. The food looks yummy too.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Revered sushi chef Jiro Ono served up in a fairly routine documentary. Occasional insights about work, life, family, food, and excellence are usually repeated several times. It's good, just nothing outstanding. The food is deliciously photographed.
In which... I never expected the craft of Sushi creation to bring with it such interesting life lessons... well told and presented much like the showcased content within.
Beautiful, inspiring, surprisingly emotional. This movie is a gem. Must watch for artists of all kinds.
Watched this on the plane.
Arrived in Singapore.
Spent the next two hours eating sushi at the airport.
Contains all the insight and production craft of an 80-minute GE commercial.
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Just eat it.