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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,…
I've always wanted to eat octopus Oldboy style
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…
Interesting but a bit long
Beautifully shot and edited meditation on work, art, family, past and future.
Thoughtful and skillfully made.
There was a brilliant pay off to Jiro's eldest son and whether or not he was ready to take up the mantle of his legendary father. Did anyone else notice that? It was almost a third act twist.
Very good documentary on master Sushi chef, Jiro Ono, who has spent his life perfecting the art of Sushi making. The film is quite charming, very interesting and above all captivating, as we see him discuss his craft. Very well shot, the film grabs your attention, almost daring you not to look away because the subject is so compelling. This is a fine picture, and one that goes deep into its subject because Jiro Ono is a chef that is viewed as the finest Sushi chef in the world. This is a highly entertaining film, one that plunges you into the subject and does a great job at offering the viewer and inside look at this Sushi master. This is…
A thoughtful, beautifully shot documentary about a remarkable family.
A story about devoted and dedicated man and his pursuit for perfection in sushi-making craft. He only owns a small, 10-seated sushi stall yet his dishes earns 3-Michelin star.
Beautifully shot, ultra-mouth watering, do not watch this on an empty stomach.
On the surface, a film about sushi doesn't sound very entertaining. But this certainly is. Centred on Jiro Ono, one of the best chefs in the world, this documentary is about far more than sushi. It gives us an insight into passion, love, rivalry, hard work, and pure dedication.
The saying that it takes 10,000 hours of practice at something to become a master has never been proved to be so wrong. 4/5.
JIRO let me tell you something : my taste buds and I will wait as long as it takes but we will not go to Japan without visiting you!!
When Jiro and his eldest son went to visit Jiro's childhood friends, I was elated with this feeling that life can be so wonderful--it's overwhelming. Such a nice life moment in the most beautiful film about sushi.
Textbook crisp and clean modern documentary with the perfunctory Philip Glass score, symmetrical still-life closeups, and gushing praise for a highly specialized skill.
More time focusing on the family dynamics and history [AND THE HORRIFYING FISHMARKET] would have been appreciated.
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