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Jiro Dreams of Sushi 2012

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A thoughtful and elegant meditation on work, family and the art of perfection, chronicling Jiro Ono's life as both an unparalleled success in the culinary world and a loving yet complicated father.

Starring:
Masuhiro Yamamoto, Daisuke Nakazama
Runtime:
1 hour, 22 minutes

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Genres Documentary
Director David Gelb
Starring Masuhiro Yamamoto, Daisuke Nakazama
Supporting actors Hachiro Mizutani, Harutaki Takahashi, Hiroki Fujita, Tsunenori Ida, Toichiro Iida, Akihiro Oyama, Shizuo Oyama, Hiroshi Okuda, Yukio Watanabe, Kazunori Kumakawa, Kazuo Fukaya, Syozo Someya, Hiromichi Honda, Jiro Ono, Yoshikazu Ono
Studio Magnolia Pictures
MPAA rating PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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By wiredweird HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 9, 2012
Format: DVD
This quiet, low-key documentary describes a most amazing man, Jiro. For more than half-a-hundred years, this octagenarian has devoted himself to one thing: perfecting the art of making sushi. His restaurant might not look like much. You pass through a subway turnstile on the way there, then find just ten seats in the cramped space inside. A lot of the time, staff outnumber customers. You need a reservation a month in advance and expect to pay US$375 minimum, but I assume it goes up from there. In return, you get a Michelin three-star experience - according to Michelin, the third star means it's worth visiting the country just to experience that one restaurant.

In some ways, Jiro-san seems a throwback. He expects a ten-year apprenticeship from his students (some of whom last only one day). His ethic resembles a samurai's, in its single-minded, lifelong devotion to perfecting his craft. When he passes the baton, it will be by primogeniture. The younger son will need to make his own way in the world. And, surprisingly, his perfectionism radiates outward through into his suppliers. His rice dealer sells him only the finest, a grade of rice that he won't even sell to others since they won't know how to prepare it correctly. His fish dealers, each masters in their own right, ask themselves whether their catch is worthy of him.

It's inspiring to see such mastery, but intimidating too. He admits, "I wasn't much of a father," since family came second to his craft. That degree of dedication seems beyond imagining, when I try to fit myself into it. (The 'now' generation won't have a clue.) Still, I value the knowledge that the world still rewards artisans at his level of mastery. Jiro is a treasure, and his heritage will enrich the world.

-- wiredweird, reviewing the release to theaters
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This movie is about sushi, but also really not at all about sushi. An 80-something master sushi maker is still at work, striving to make perfect sushi. The wonderful second story line here is: how can children live up to such great parents? How can we come into our own in the shadow of greatness? This theme is beautifully explored in this documentary. Jiro Dreams of Sushi is terrifically moving & inspiring, while also peppered with several really funny moments. The father and son are rich material for this story. Watching this is time well spent.
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What was attractive about "Jiro Dreams of Sushi" is that it already has this massively positive reputation. That's one of the more exciting aspects of being a critic; stepping outside of what you know, are familiar with, or expect to enjoy to find great films that weren't even on your radar. The title of the film is pretty straightforward about what to expect from the film. The documentary follows Jiro Ono, an 85-year-old sushi restaurant owner. Jiro's restaurant Sukiyabashi Jiro, is extremely popular, has its fair share of accolades and is extremely well merited, and is known to be one of the best sushi restaurants in Tokyo; sometimes considered the best by a good portion of his customers. You're shown Jiro's undying devotion to his job as he works with his 50-year-old son Yoshikazu, who is expected to take over the restaurant once his father decides to retire.

Even after watching the film for its 82-minute duration, Jiro is still kind of a mystery. He is completely devoted to sushi as he's been working with it since he was nine-years-old and never once had the urge to change occupations. His eldest son is practically primed and ready to take over the business, but Jiro just enjoys working too much to actually stop working. Jiro's legacy and never ending goal to perfect his craft is making it nearly impossible for Yoshikazu to follow in his footsteps. Jiro also has a younger son named Takashi who owns his own restaurant that literally mirrors Jiro's restaurant and has a more relaxed feel.

There seems like there's so much more to tell surrounding Jiro's life as it only very briefly mentions his wife and other than not getting along with his parents, being kicked out of the house at the age of nine, and giving up smoking, we don't get to hear much else about Jiro's past.
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I am an artist and a business owner. My business is my art, and my art is my business. I'm in a very different line of work than Jiro, yet I was inspired so much by this movie to stay true to the artistic integrity of my work, despite the many other pressures of being in business.

I feel there is too much attention and reverence in America on business owners who have dumbed down their art for the sake of profit and "success." The current paradigm in the world of American business education is that one must either be working "in" the business, producing its products and services, or the one running the business, behind the scenes - with the latter the obvious choice for which is encouraged. Businesses like MacDonald's these days are hailed as the epitome of success.

This documentary was inspiring because it brought to light a very different paradigm. It brought to light the paradigm of the artist/business owner who puts his craft first, while also maintaining a successful business. It was nice to hear how a man like this thinks & operates. It was nice to see him in front of his customers doing what he loves, as well as behind-the-scenes, teaching his apprentices how to make the best sushi in the world.

Aside from the content, the quality of the cinematography and overall production helped make this one of the most engaging and visually stunning films I've seen in a long time (or ever). The visual poetry and music matched the level of artistic integrity that Jiro places on his work - helping to capture the energy and excitement that Jiro has for his craft, and helping to transmit that to the viewer.

In short - it was one of the best documentaries I've ever seen - both for the content and presentation.
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