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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…
Searching for sushi-man
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…
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,…
Food porn writ large. An ode to mastery and dedication to one thing. Singular in your craft. And now I want sushi...
Searching for sushi-man
A very enjoyable and inyeresting film. There are only nice things to say about it, yet it was not astonashing or jaw dropping, just pleasant.
One thing that was very interesting though, was the thoight that came to me about Japanese culture. It is very different from western culture with regards to family and heritage, gender, and work habbits. In general one would assume it is not very good how they operate, extremely hard work, pushing your kin to live up to high expectations, no spending time with your children, not talking to them about feelings. But watching this film made me really think of how biased we are to our own culture. How can anyone claim that Jiro did not live a happy life, or that it is right for him to banish his sons and push them to learn by themselves.
Jiro's family might be a special case, but nonetheless it makes you think about these things
If you are into Sushi (luckily I totally am) then this documentary is even more for you, if not, don't fret, you will still enjoy it immensly. Fascinating perspectives in a seemingly ordinary life of a man searching for perfection and all the people who follow him. I think I could watch this one thounsands of times and enjoy it with each viewing. Highly recommended.
Jiro Dreams of Sushi is about one of the the world's most acclaimed sushi chefs, Jiro Ono. The film is a meditation on obsession and commitment with one's craft, and it accomplishes that well. I just kind of wanted more. I wanted to know how Jiro became obsessed with sushi, and the history behind his restaurant and it's road to success. I feel that by adding more it would have made this good film even better.
A fantastic and inspiring documentary. I would totally have given it a 4 and a half or 5 star if it wasn't so repetitive. I feel this would have been much better at about two thirds of its length.
This is my favourite type of documentary, and set in Ginza one of my favourite places in Tokyo.
Well paced study of work ethic, master craftsmanship, and Japanese culture, with a nice mini twist at the end.
I can definitely see the influence on Chef's Table.
This documentary offers the kind of food porn that will make drown in your own saliva. And I am not even a fan of sushi!
Seeing a film in theaters, celebrating it upon release with the film community and seeing it over and over again…