Jiro Dreams of Sushi

May 27, 2012 at 5:13 pm | Posted in 2012 | Leave a comment

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This lovely documentary is small in scope, focusing only on one man, his two sons, and his Michelin 3-Star restaurant located in the Tokyo subway.  The tiny place serves only sushi and seats about a half dozen people.  Though meals run ¥30,000 ($376.83, as of today), he is booked months in advance.  The film moves as slowly and as delicately as Jiro does when making his sushi but also has the same deliberate focus.  Jiro loves sushi and so do the film makers; never has the rhythmic preparation of the same piece of food been so enjoyable to watch.  Along the way, we also learn of Jiro’s past and of his sons’ efforts to live in his enormous shadow.  But, for me, the film’s true Zen beauty lay in those moments we got to watch the hands work.

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