Tuesday, February 25, 2014

MOVIE REVIEW: Jiro Dreams Of Sushi


I'm a huge fan of sushi, so I was instantly drawn to the title of this movie: Jiro Dreams of Sushi. On top of that, the title has sort of a whimsical food feel to it. I also choose this movie because of some friends rave reviews of it.

 Jiro Dreams Of Sushi is a 2011 American documentary about master sushi chef Jiro Ono who is the 85-year-old owner of Sukiyabashi Jiro, a three-Michelin star restaurant in Tokyo, Japan.

 The film starts slow, but draws you in with the vivid imagery of the sushi and the passion of Jiro for the sushi.  He has been making sushi for most of his life--it is his destiny. I was just drawn in by the amazing dedication to his craft and how much time and energy goes into each piece of sushi. His sushi is in essence very simple, yet so much preparation, time and energy goes into each piece. The people working for him (one of whom is his eldest son) work so hard to produce food that is to his liking. They work to please him more than anything.

It is a simple film and easy to follow. But it full of beautiful moments filled with unique music that helps to focus the simplicity and beauty of the sushi. The sushi, the fish is the main focus of the film, even though it is about Jiro.

As a chef, I am drawn to the amazing simplicity of his dishes and how completely delicious they taste and the amount of time it takes to prepare them. Each ingredient is poured over with skill, time, love and passion. In this film, less is truly more, both about the sushi and the man. He is great and small, but Jiro just works to make the sushi great.

Also, I am amazed at the age of this chef (85) and that he is still going and that it is his life to make sushi, to constantly make it better.  Jiro is always trying to improve his craft and he feels it is his duty to do so. This humbles me and inspires me to do more.I have done some work with sushi, but very little and I know it takes years and years to even perfect the making of sushi rice and more for the sushi preparation.

My personal first attempt at making sushi years ago.

For a meaningful, tasty, serious, and beautiful story about sushi and life you must watch Jiro Dreams Of Sushi. It is a movie that will change your life or your view of food, hopefully for the better. Also, it will leave you wanting to order sushi on grub hub or dash out to your favorite sushi restaurant immediately after the film.  

This film is available both on Netflix as a DVD or can be streamed online through both Netflix and Amazon Prime.  Happy watching!


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