Jiro Dreams of Sushi

“Jiro Dreams of Sushi is a production as clean and meticulous as the sushi making it features. Chef Jiro Ono is the 85 year-old proprietor of Tokyo’s Sukiyabashi Jiro and the proud recipient of three Michelin stars. The restaurant seats 10 patrons and serves only sushi, every exquisite morsel of which looks to die for. It’s beautifully photographed and explained at every stage from market to table, a foodie’s dream night at the movies. The gentle shaping of the fish and sushi could lull you into a trance. A hungry trance. But director David Gelb’s movie is less a study of the food itself than of the idea of a lifetime calling. Jiro’s level of devotion to what he does is almost religious. Although he has trained two sons to be his equals, or close to it (we’re told his elder son Yoshikazu prepared the food for the Michelin reviewers) he will not hand off the business to his heirs. Given how much the business has changed in his lifetime — not just techniques but the disappearance of some species due to overfishing — you’d think Jiro might want to go home and put his feet up. But no, he’s the Queen Elizabeth of sushi chefs, standing behind the counter in his white apron, humble yet humming with supreme confidence while his heirs wait”—Mary Pols, Time. In Japanese with English subtitles. PG. 81 Min.

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