A documentary about Jiro Ono, who is considered by pretty much everyone as the world's greatest sushi chef. The owner of a quaint, sushi-only restaurant inauspiciously located in a Tokyo subway station, it may come as a surprise that this is the only Sushi restaurant on the planet to garner the prestigious 3 star Michelin review, with reservations needing to be made months in advance. David Gelb's Jiro Dreams of Sushi is an extremely detailed look into a master who has perfected his craft but that is not what elevates the film above just an average documentary. It is the humanistic story about the relationship between Jiro and his eldest son Yoshikazu, an exceptional chef in his own right who will inevitably always lie in his father's shadow. Yoshikazu, has seen his younger brother move on and set up his own restaurant, yet Yoshikazu is responsible for Jiro's legacy, as is simply part of Japanese culture. The film doesn't damn such a concept, but shows it in a very humanistic light -making it hard to not be touched by Yoshikazu's dedication and even feel empathy for him in the process. It is rather unbelievable just how sharp Jiro is at 85 years and it is clear early on that this man has dedicated his life to his craft, even sacrificing some of the closeness in the relationships he shares with his family, in pursuing his love for sushi- a perfectionist would probably be an understatement. Jiro Dreams of Sushi is fascinating but be warned, if you like sushi, it is pretty much torture in the process.
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