Friday, February 15, 2013

Movie Review - Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2012)

Jiro Ono is renowned as the world's greatest sushi chef.  At the age of 85 years, he has no greater aspirations than the constant pursuit of assembling sashimi on rice wrapped in dried seaweed.  Yoshikazu, Jiro's eldest son, has been working under his father for decades and hopes to carry the reigns of the restaurant one day (he is currently 51 years old).  This documentary captures a lifestyle dedicated to one focus involving constant awareness of improvements in routine.
From starting the day at the fish market to preparing the rice, there is a firm sense of precision in preparation and execution to each service.  In the sumptuous footage of the dishes, there is a rare beauty experienced that evokes the feeling most of us wish we had going to work.  If there is one value to be learned from this film, is that you can never stop improving in your craft if you never stopped enjoying the process.  Jiro's happiness seems genuine and simple, just like the dishes he creates so well.

"Once you decide on your occupation... you must immerse yourself in your work. You have to fall in love with your work. Never complain about your job. You must dedicate your life to mastering your skill. That's the secret of success... and is the key to being regarded honorably. "

-Jiro Ono

Jiro Dreams of Sushi is currently available to stream on Netflix and Amazon Prime.

 Runtime: 81 min.
Rated PG for mild thematic elements and brief smoking


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