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Monday, August 27, 2012

jiro dreams of sushi

I'll continue to climb trying to reach the top, but no one knows where the top is!   

Jiro is the greatest sushi chef in the world.  The first sushi chef and the oldest person to receive three michelin stars for his restaurant.  And the 85 year old's small sushi restaurant just happens to be in a Tokyo subway and has only ten seats.  Jiro follows the same routine every day, believing that only by repeating the same tasks over and over can he reach perfection.  One of his apprentices explains that he had to make a dish over 200 times before it was considered good enough to serve to customers.  200 times.

This movie was beautiful and wonderful, probably one of the best documentaries I've ever seen.  It seemed that everyone featured and involved in the film was driven by a love for their craft, a desire to be the best they could be.  One of the most repeated lines in the film was "I'm not doing this for the money."  The cinematography and the score elevate Jiro's work (and the work of his sons and apprentices) to a symphony.

My favorite scene in the movie featured Jiro's self-proclaimed-anti-establishment-tuna-supplier.  The tuna supplier chooses his fish at a live auction in some type of warehouse, and the scene turns in to a kind of dance between the auctioneers and the tuna suppliers.  That's the level of amaziness of this film -- a simple not-essential-to-the-plot scene features an anti-establishment tuna supplier AND a bloody, gritty warehouse turned dramatic stage.

HIghly recommend checking this movie out (you can do it on Netflix instant watch!).  I give it 5 out of 5 stars.

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