An appetizing documentary in every sense, Jiro Dreams of Sushi follows 85-year-old master sushi chef Jiro Ono, paying lushly photographed homage to the process of preparing the artisan sushi that earned Ono’s esteemed Sukiyabashi Jiro restaurant three Michelin stars.
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Jiro Ono is one of those people who I would just love to sit down with in the afternoon and have a rambling conversation with long into the night. I mean making sushi and analyzing movies are pretty similar. Also, I no longer find the idea of eating raw fish icky. I need to go to Jiro's restaurant and try some sushi. I'd better book now.
Illuminating, gorgeous, mouth-watering but slightly incomplete debut effort from Gelb. Jiro Ono is a fascinating subject who reflects attitudes and a work ethic that seem nearly extinct. His sons, although fully-established themselves, are seen through the anxious eyes of the parent (the Ono women are conspicuously absent). Passing on time-honoured traditions has never seemed more tenous, essential, or affirming.
I have great fondness for anyone who devotes his life to mastery of an obscure art or craft, especially in these times of ours where haste and disposability boastfully reign, but at day's end this is still a feature-length documentary about sushi making.
at points it felt like an advertisement for his sushi restaurant (i would love to go!), but its also a wonderful in depth personal look at an interesting individual. gorgeous to watch, salivating of course.
A beautiful little documentary that catches us Westerners up on Jiro Ono, the internationally acclaimed sushi chef. The film is packed to the gills with gorgeous photography of sushi (being prepared and being consumed) as well as charismatic characters. Unfortunately, you can't help but think about the ludicrous nature of culinary pretension. But despite this, it's a wonderful little film about one man's legacy.
Strangely uplifting and insightful — a film about a sushi chef that also works as a neat metaphor for personal growth and the development of one's craft. Plus, 81 minutes spent looking at pretty foods are never really wasted.
I like sushi, but this isn't a well directed documentary. We only get fleeting glimpses of the actual process and it revolves more around the family dynamics and side participants in the story. To each their own, but I just don't see enough footage to be a full length feature.
A very elegant doco with a superb score from Phillip Glass that manages to encapsulate the Buddhist condition through the eyes of 85-year-old sushi master Jiro Ono. Guaranteed to make your mouth water and inspire simple living'. It also earns bonus points for addressing sustainability within the fisheries industry. 4 stars