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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,…
Just like the food that Jiro and Co. create, this is a pure work of art.
It's a story about passion, dedication to your craft, and striving for absolute perfection. I was recommended this by a friend and now I think everyone should watch - especially when in need of a little inspiration or a kick in the butt.
One of my fave food docs
A film so engrossing and satisfying, even if you don't enjoy sushi, you will love this film.
Jiro Dreams of Sushi is a documentary about the best sushi restaurant in the world and what makes it so great. Jiro is an 85 year old Japanese man and refuses to retire. He has two sons. One with an identical restaurant and the older one waiting to take over for him when he retires. This is the overall story, but it seems that that is not truly what the documentary is all about.
More than anything I saw this as a story of greatness and an inspiration to be all that you can be. Jiro was a bad student, he was a bully, and he was on his own before he was even a teenager. After his dad kicked…
"If I stopped working at 85, I would be bored out of my mind."
Jiro Dreams of Sushi is twice as long as it needs to be. We follow Jiro, a stoic workaholic hardened from a trial by fire childhood who forced his two sons to adopt his work. The film is laced with endearing stories about Jiro from his sons and friends that promptly border on mythical worship, but it's largely just Japan's vehement tradition of respect for elders.
Jiro and company do their best to be witty, with Jiro cracking some risky jokes, saying at his parents' graves, "I don't know why I come here. My parents didn't take care of me." His eldest son quickly follows suit,…
Very beautiful film about the tradition of a world famous sushi maker. A very insightful look into his philosophies on life, family, success, and sushi. Visually beautiful and the pace was kept very well.
To be honest, it feels like an insanely long promotional video for Jiro's sushi joint.
I hope that one day I get to eat sushi served by Mr Jiro while he stares intently at my plate.
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