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Jiro Dreams of Sushi
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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…
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…
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,…
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
I'm a huge food doc fan, so this may have suffered from my breadth of viewing history. It had huge buzz when released. Nevertheless, I really enjoyed the story of this family. I want to go and eat at both restaurants!!
Este documental es un retrato apetitoso sobre el trabajo y la vida del chef de 85 años de edad, Jiro Ono, el chef más viejo en ganar tres estrellas Michelin (por su restaurante de sushi de solo 10 plazas, en Tokio: Sukiyabashi Jiro), La película es tan limpia y simple como una de las creaciones de su sujeto. Lo peor que se puede decir de la ópera prima del cineasta David Gelb es que es tal vez esta un poco sobre-adornada con historia de fondo sobre la relación de Ono con sus dos hijos, y es un poco repetitiva.
Ono relata su infancia particularmente brutal y también relata cómo encontró su misión en la vida, cuando trabajó de aprendiz en…
A good portrait.
I'm not so sure I think Jiro's a good guy though. He dissuaded his sons from going to college, and claims he thinks it'd be best if they did the same thing day after day. He also jokes about having been a bully when he was younger, which doesn't cast his supreme dedication to sushi in a good light. Everyone involved - including former employees - seem happy, though.
The movie claims that, "with every bite you are consuming Jiro's philosophy." What could be meant by that? Is it possible that the relationships between certain flavors, creatures, methods of preparation, and other qualities of the food are so highly encoded and interact in specific enough ways to…
I'm not a huge fan of the genre, but this is one of my favorite documentaries that I've seen. I'm growing a larger respect for them.
This is a masterful study of legacy, expressed through the long tradition of a craft, through the consideration of the craft and its impact on the environment, and, ultimately, through the interaction of a father and his sons.
This documentary is making me crave raw fish at 12:20 in the morning. What an interesting art this is. Everything seems so particular and perfectly crafted. I can't imagine ever spending what comes out to be around $250 on sushi. But boy, does this food look good.
A fascinating portrait of the expertise that a singular focus affords.
This was so beautiful and so awesome, I love movies about cooking
For when you want to have your sense of selfworth crushed all the while looking at pretty foods.
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…