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Sushi: The Global Catch (2012)

Mark Hall , Mark Hall  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Mark Hall
  • Directors: Mark Hall
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Alive Mind
  • DVD Release Date: August 6, 2013
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00CU00JHM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #195,814 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Situated somewhere between JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI and THE COVE, Mark Hall's SUSHI: THE GLOBAL CATCH highlights both the artistry of sushi making and the shrinking population of one of its own ingredients: the bluefin tuna. --Michael Nordine, Village Voice

Sushi: The Global Catch offers an intriguing mix of history, process and state-of-the-fish reports, advocating a reversal of the world's assault on bluefin tuna fisheries and a short course on the alternatives. --John Anderson, Variety

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Have you ever eaten sushi? If so, the phenomenal growth in demand for sushi has come at a cost: overfishing has led to depleting fish stocks, which in turn has threatened the balance of the ocean's ecosystems. Is the current sushi trade sustainable? What can be done to ensure that the prized Blue Fin Tuna exists for future generations to come? This timely documentary winner of the Special Jury Prize at the 2011 Seattle International Film Festival and the Audience Award at the 2012 San Francisco Green Film Festival poses some important questions that all sushi lovers should give thought to before placing their next order of sushi.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Sushi – The Global Catch December 10, 2013
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Ever since the release “The Cove,” I believe that there has been an increase of awareness about the mismanagement of our oceans resources, a response that is both commendable and remarkable. We need more of this type of work, so it is gratifying that Mark S. Hall made the very necessary and unforgettable “Sushi – The Global Catch,” under the umbrella of Alive Mind Cinema and Kino Lorber, among others.

The documentary begins at the end, so to speak. The filmmakers take us to several Sushi restaurants in Japan, where master sushi chefs, such as Mamaro Sugiyama (Sushiko restaurant, opened since 1885) and Yasuharo Ida (Sushi Iwa restaurant) are interviewed and tell us about the history of sushi and what makes a great sushi chef. In addition, there are interviews with Kazuo Nazaki, who has a knife shop in Tokyo, and who sells traditional knives for sushi shops. From there we are taken to the famous Tjukiji Market, in Tokyo, which is the largest fish market in the world. We are presented interviews with Makoto Nozue and Hiroyasu Itoh, two experts – or dealers --on tuna fisheries and pricing, who know how to evaluate the price of each specimen based on certain characteristics, such as the condition of the eyes. One tuna fish can reach the price of $400,000!! Itoh says that his company sold 109,565 tons of tuna in 2008. From then on, tuna – specifically Blue-fin tuna -- becomes the subject of the film, as this fish is the most exploited in the oceans, with a 60 to 80% reduction of its population worldwide.

After discussing the final destination and use of tuna in the sushi world, we are then introduced to some experts on tuna ecological preservation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great documentary, that everyone should watch! September 19, 2013
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If you eat sushi, then please watch this documentary! A lot of facts about the industry and
how we are eating all the "good" fish! Very well put together!
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"[This documentary] is both a love letter to the cuisine and an alarm bell to the [sushi] industry. If we are to save the art of sushi, we must adopt more environmmentally conscious and responsible practices throughout the industry.

The oceans are in crises and it is imperative that we find a way to rekindle the honor and reverance that first inspired the creation of this unique delicacy.

The importance of this [documentary] cannot be overstated."

The above comes from an extra to this very informative and visually-pleasing documentary about the sushi industry.

What is suchi? It is a Japanese dish consisting of small cakes of cold cooked rice flavored with vinegar and garnished with strips of raw or cooked fish (usually Bluefish tuna), vegetables, etc. Its popularity has exploded and it has become a popular dish around the world.

There is no narration. The comments (either spoken or in subtitles) supplied by the people in this film is what drives it.

This documntary looks at such things as:

(1) tuna (2) suchi a-go-go (a popular restaurant) (3) fishermen (4) sustainability (5) farmed fish (6) Bluefin problems and (7) ocean ecosystems.

Finally, this DVD (the one released in 2012) has three extras.

In conclusion, this is an eye-opening documentary which poses some important questions that all suchi lovers in particular and seafood lovers in general should give thought too before placing their next order!!

(2011; 1 hr, 10 min excluding end credits; 10 chapters; full screen)

<<Stephen Pletko, London, Ontario, Canada>>

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