Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Jiro Dreams of Sushi

Dir: David Gelb
Starring: Jiro

Did I ever tell you I lived in Japan?

Japan is a country where, particularly with the older generation, life is all about work. Jiro Ono perhaps typifies that ethos better than any other. He has spent the last 75 years working day and night.

It's more than work, though; it's a struggle for perfection. Perhaps the best quote along this line comes from the octopus seller at Tsukiji market: "You think you know everything. Then you find there's so much left to learn, and you get depressed."

The documentary shows how everyone in every stage in the process of producing this sushi is involved in this quest for perfection; from the rice seller who won't sell his rice to anyone other than Jiro, to the customer, who has to eat the sushi in the order mandated by Jiro.

There's a good analogy made in Jiro between the head chef and the orchestra conductor... every little detail is being controlled and managed in order to create a perfect whole.

An incredible story that is beautifully shot and is accompanied by a great Philip Glass soundtrack.

Rating: Top Work

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