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Jiro Dreams of Sushi
Fall in love with your work
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've always wanted to eat octopus Oldboy style
Documentary about making food. But even more importantly, it is about the quest for perfection. Jiro makes sushi, only sushi and continues to find ways to improve it, even after all these years. We see what it does to his family and his legacy. The minimalist aesthetic the filmmaker uses really fits with Jiro's bare-bones approach to creating masterpieces of rice, fish and soy sauce.
Intelligent, but too long. Some parts fail to connect with the viewer, others are just brillant. It looks better than most of the documentarys with a similar topic or locations.
Fascinating and bewitching portrait of a master craftsman. I don't even like fish and it had me salivating.
How does one truly understand another person's true love for something, or for someone? How does one explain a life of dedication to a craft, that to the uneducated eye, may seem like a simple fact of life? Sushi is one such thing; it exists in every country, in convenience stores, in cafeterias. It's a very simple dish that best represents Japanese cuisine to the foreigner. But to Jiro, it is his way of life. The reason for his existence.
He keeps telling the audience that he fell in love with this craft, that he worked tirelessly to advance his skills and to improve the art of sushi. He did this to a degree of perfection that is recognized the…
A combination of Frederick Wiseman's procedure docs and the personal touch of Errol Morris, Jiro Dreams of Sushi is an excellent profile of a man who put his work above everything else. The only real problem is the music, which almost never matches up with what's happening on screen.
(Original review outdated, re-evaluation required at later date)
I am sad that I will never be as good at anything as Jiro is at making sushi.
There's a slight chance that Jiro is a real dick.
Compelling documentary that touches on a huge number of themes, from mastery of a discipline to succession planning to Japanese culture and history and environmentalism.
All from the perspective of running the best sushi business in the world.
Sometimes I get stuck in a rut when it comes to watching films. I either just watch anything that comes…
This list took a long time to make. These films, perhaps, aren't the most technically brilliant ones, but rather, the…