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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,…
Everyone interested in sushi and/or Japan should definitely watch this. An interesting movie which is just as much about sushi as it is about culture and Jiro himself (and relatives). I'd really love to try eating from his restaurant, that's for sure.
Jiro Ono is one adorable old Japanese man. I admire his passion and philosophy. He's an inspiring character. His dedication to the craft and art of sushi is truly incredible. I found his attention to detail and the nuances between the customers' eating habits most captivating of all. If everyone loved his/her career as much as Jiro loves his, the world would be a much happier place. The documentary was filmed in a fairly traditional way and there was nothing remarkable about it; Jiro's magnificent story makes it a quality film. I admire his apprentices too. They have to put up with a lot and always respond with a respectful "hai". I now feel compelled to travel to Japan and try the world renowned sushi from Sukiyabashi and his son's restaurant located in Roppongi Hills.
His restaurant serves only sushi. It has 10 seats at a counter. It is in the basement of a Tokyo high-rise, not far from a subway stop. It has been awarded three stars, the highest possible rating, by the Michelin Guide. David Gelb's "Jiro Dreams of Sushi" is a documentary about a man whose relationship with sushi wavers between love and madness. He is a perfectionist, never satisfied, and if you go to work for him as an apprentice, you will have to spend weeks learning how to squeeze out a towel properly before moving on to learn how to slice a hard-boiled egg.
He agonizes about the placement of mats on his counter. Great attention is paid to where…
Intriguing documentary on one man's dedication towards perfecting his craft. Amazing sushi presentation.
Jiro is kind of an asshole. Damn if his sushi doesn't look FAN-tastic though.
To see such mastery in skill is always very special, so to see Jiro and his passion for Sushi whilst striving for perfection is quite something. The fact that it was shot beautifully adds up to this experience, but I still think that some elements became repetitive, even though others remained underexposed a little. A nice, little and short documentary, which does, indeed, make you want to eat sushi (and I don’t even like fish that much).
A beautiful documentary celebrating the passion and dedication of master sushi chef, Jiro Ono. Curiously, however, it merely scratches the surface of the numerous sacrifices Jiro undoubtedly suffered to attain such an impossible status. Although much attention is given to his heir and eldest son, Yoshikazu, even his capacity feels a little lost amongst the Jiro worship. But if there's one thing I learned from Dreams of Sushi, hard work and a love for your craft eventually pays off. Sounds kitschy, maybe, but Jiro has earned every bit of praise heaped upon him through such wisdom.
Fantastic documentary. I like, not LOVE sushi, so it was fascinating to hear some of the secrets and the mastery, but mostly it was about achieving greatness and how that make it hard for the next generation to shine on their own.
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