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Foodie Film Review: Jiro Dreams of Sushi

May 9, 2012

Jiro's Sushi

It’s not often that I enjoy a movie so much that I feel compelled to recommend it to a broader audience than whoever I happen to run into immediately after exiting the theater. But Jiro Dreams of Sushi was so spectacular, such a perfectly graceful hour and twenty minutes of foodie delight that I feel compelled to insist that every one of you find a way to see it.

Jiro Ono

The film tells the story of 85 year old sushi-master Jiro Ono and his never ending quest to consistently improve the sushi at his 10 seat, 3 Michelin star restaurant. Throughout the film you’re given the perspective of Jiro’s scrupulous fish and rice dealers, his two sons (both sushi chefs meticulously trained by Jiro), his apprentices, and famous food writers who remind you that despite Jiro’s humbleness he is truly one of the best chefs in the world. While on the surface this film is about one man’s life and passion it is just as much an exploration of  the very nature of work, family and food. It is a must see for every chef and foodie but will most certainly be enjoyed by all. Just be sure you’ve made a reservation at a sushi restaurant for your post-movie dinner, trust me, it’s the only food you’ll be craving for days!

cutting into tuna

2 Comments leave one →
  1. May 28, 2012 11:28 pm

    I just saw this tonight. Really loved the film but did the overwrought Western classical music bother you? It seemed out of place in something dedicated to such a beautiful depiction of Japanese tradition. Oh well. It definitely was delightful otherwise. 🙂

    • May 29, 2012 9:49 am

      Honestly, we didn’t even notice the music choice – we must have been too enthralled by all the glamour shots of the sushi! Interesting point though – you’d think they would have chosen music more suited to the location.

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