Jiro Dreams of Sushi Director: David Gelb (2011) Call Number: DVD-V LD12-0439
Image: Courtesy of Taibei Shi
“Would you be willing to massage an octopus for 45 minutes, until its flesh possesses just the right amount of chewability? Jiro is” (Burr, 2012).
The documentary follows Jiro Ono, an 85 year-old sushi master on his continuing quest to perfect the art of sushi. Jiro’s 10-seat sushi-only restaurant located in a Tokyo subway station. The humble appearance of the restaurant is deceiving; it is the first restaurant of its kind to be awarded a prestigious 3-star Michelin review. A meal of 20 pieces of sushi individually served lasts 15 minutes and costs $300.
It’s probably best not to know any more and enjoy Jiro’s passion for perfection, director Gelb’s incredible photography of rice and fish which are scored to pieces by Mozart, Tchaikovsky, and Bach. “And yes, you'll want sushi afterward. But it won't taste like Jiro's” (Neumaier, 2012).
Burr, Ty. “Jiro Dreams of Sushi”. www.boston.com. 6 April. 2012.
Neumaier, Joe. “Jiro Dreams of Sushi”. www.nydailynews.com. 9 March. 2012.