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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,…
Jiro is quite interesting. Unfortunately, the director decides to tell a very shallow, flashy, superficial story!!! Quite disappointed!
Conventional doc with fascinating subject matter. Provides insightful perspective on the life of a creative genius. However, even at 82 minutes, it feels long. I swear, they just go in circles repeating the same few points over and over.
Really makes you appreciate someone who truly loves their job. It also really makes you want to eat sushi!
Take only what you need
A family of trees
To be haunted.
We're living in a time of too many choices and an expectation to be able to achieve many things at once. This has its benefits but it also prefers the minor mastery of multiple skills as oppose to a complete mastery of just one. This hunger-inducing documentary makes a case for the latter. Jiro might well be one of the last true masters of a single craft.
You will never see a film that devotes this much time, effort and money into capturing every single angle imaginable when you look at a piece of sushi. With slow motion, rack focus, panning up, down, side to side all while covered in clean even lighting. It's like the porn of the sushi world...no wait, I think I just described hentai. Now I am less hungry. Where was I? Oh right. What we have here is a documentary in the style that has become increasingly popular in the past decade or so that's main purpose is just to film one interesting subject. Much in the vein of Terry Zwigoff's Crumb or Werner Herzog's Grizzly Man, these films find a single…
Opened my eyes to a whole world of sushi making that I never knew existed. It's also largely about Jiro's pursuit of mastery of a skill, and is fascinating in that respect too.
A wonderful doc that on the face of it is a film about an exclusive Sushi Restaurant is actually about self discipline, being perfect and a dedication to a cause, fascinating stuff.
"I've never once hated this job. I fell in love with my work and gave my life to it. Even though I'm eighty five years old, I don't feel like retiring. That's how I feel."
Sometimes I get stuck in a rut when it comes to watching films. I either just watch anything that comes…
Every documentary I have seen (or at least can recall seeing) ranked. This list will constantly be updated and rearranged