Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Recommended: Jiro Dreams Of Sushi

This documentary tells the story of a sushi chef, Ono Jiro, who is the oldest chef in the world to have three Michelin stars. Despite working into his eighties, he shows no sign of retiring any time soon.

The film is beautifully and carefully shot, which seems only right since they are filming some of the most accomplished professionals in their field. We get to see a lot of the processes involved, from choosing the fish at the market to the amount of dedication and skill to make the final dishes.

We also meet some of the people involved, and I noticed how relaxed and unremarkable these experts all are. There film also spends a lot of time with Jiro's eldest son, who works under him. There's a recurring theme that, when Jiro retires and his son takes over, the business will suffer even though he's every bit as good as the father and even made some of the sushi for the Michelin guide.

On a personal level, this film reminded me of why I like Japan. After a few months of being busy with life and other things, I've spent most of that time watching dramas where people fall in love, or die, or solve crimes: Universal stories which could be set anywhere. It feels like it's been a long time since I watched something so specific to Japan.

The downside is, watching this film will make you very hungry.

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