Sunday, March 18, 2012

Jiro Dreams of Sushi

“Jiro Dreams of Sushi” introduces us to Jiro Ono, chef-owner of the Tokyo sushi restaurant Sukiyabashi Jiro and holder of three Michelin stars. For most of his 85-year-old-life, Jiro has happily plied his trade at his subterranean eatery almost without missing a day. We learn the values behind his success: besides consistency and diligence, passion, perfectionism, a constant striving to improve. Director David Gelb makes the jewel-box sushi look mouthwatering, but the movie will delight even confirmed sushiphobes. Despite its seemingly minor subject matter, it insightfully explores the dynamics between brothers and between fathers and sons, and touches on many broader aspects of Japanese culture. Made with equal parts respect, affection, and sweet, sly humor, “Jiro Dreams of Sushi” is a treat.

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