Jiro Dreams of Sushi (Flick’s Review)

Posted on | May 18, 2012 | Add Comments

Jiro Ono ran away when he was nine years old. Now he’s over eighty years of age. He’s now been making sushi for over seventy years. This documentary features interviews with Jiro, his two sons, a food critic, and more.
Jiro is a perfectionist. Interviewees in the film say so themselves. The film might not be perfect but it’s still great. Anybody who likes sushi or who wants to learn about the greatest living sushi chef. If you’re not interested in learning about either one, you won’t have  as much fun.

One of the great things about the film is that it shows the sushi. We see the sushi (in focus)get placed on a plate. The background (out of focus) is the kitchen. David Gleb, the director of the movie watered my mouth, fulfilled my curiosity, and filmed it all with intensity that is leagues ahead from your average modern action movie. For anybody hoping to watch an intoxicatingly gripping documentary, this is for you. The interviews reveal much about Jiro: his childhood, his love of sushi, his sons, and how to massage an octopus for forty minutes.The music is dramatic and gives life to Jiro and his apprentices.The one criticism I have is that towards the end, the film got repetitive and I almost felt as if I was about to watch what I had already watched. But fortunately, Gleb serves us a delicious ending… And it’s right out of the oven.

My favorite character is Jiro because of his expansive knowledge of sushi.

My favorite scene is the end because it wraps everythting up and saves the film from being repetitive.

Jiro Dreams of Sushi is rated PG but there is just about nothing inappropriate. The film is however, slow and younger kids may get bored easily.

A wonderful documentary; full of interesting facts and dramatic music. Best of all is Jiro is there in the center of it all.


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