THE PLOT THUS FAR
A documentary on 85-year-old sushi master Jiro Ono, his business in the basement of a Tokyo office building, and his relationship with his son and eventual heir, Yoshikazu.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
“Jiro: Dreams of Sushi” focuses on Jiro Ono, an octogenarian perfectionist whose constant striving for culinary transcendence has made him legendary among epicureans in the know. He loves his job, as he readily admits upfront, and while a model of stoic diligence and invariable routine, Ono does show his adoration in unexpected ways that manifest themselves through the unassuming pride he takes in his work. He even imagines new sushi creations in his sleep, thus the title. Such an unwavering quest does take its toll on his two sons who must find their way out of his shadow.
Jiro is not, in the main, likable – but he is totally and utterly committed and passionate to the point of coldness about his process – in a way that few are anymore – and in this sense the film is also more an elegy than a eulogy – Jiro’s work ethic is gone forever even now – who wants to work 16 hours a day for 75 years anymore?
The Blu-Ray comes with a commentary, deleted scenes, bonus scenes, sushi gallery and trailers. The A/V Quality is strong for a foreign documentary. However, the DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track does what it can with a movie that’s dialogue heavy. However, it is still pretty dynamic. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase.
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