Jiro Dreams of Sushi


David Gelb

Location Filmed

USA (filmed in Japan)

Movie Synopsis

Once in a while, a true master is born. A person, with no other real purpose than to chase perfection; a person that will sacrifice anything for his craft.

In this documentary, we are formally introduced to Jiro Ono; an 85-year-old sushi chef, thought by all to be the best sushi chef in the world. It’s an amazing piece that brings many of my beloved quirks of Japan to the viewer’s eye: obsession with food, obsession with refined repetition, obsession with tradition, obsession with sacrifice of one’s self for the craft that chooses you.

In essence, it is a beautiful thing to see someone so involved with process and not about accumulation of money. I will watch this film for many years to come and hope I can get there to eat before the old master dies. This, unlike any other restaurant, is worthy of me waiting in a line around the world to dine in.

Upon a return trip from Japan and Hong Kong, I ate there and Chef Ono made every piece of sushi for me-extraordinary experience.

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