Jiro Ono is 85 years old, the father of two, and the proprietor of a 10-seat subway station sushi booth. He is also considered one of the greatest Japanese chefs in the world. What makes him so remarkable?
Jiro Dreams of Sushi, a 2012 feature documentary by Magnolia Pictures, offers a stunning view of the three-Michelin starred chef's obsession with sushi. With the help of mouth-watering close-ups and the occasional interview, the film follows Jiro and his kitchen staff as they prowl through Tokyo's local fish markets, steam egg, and carefully slice glistening blocks of sashimi.
The film also explores deeper themes of sacrifice and retribution.
We learn about Jiro's childhood and how he ran away from home at the age of nine; we explore Jiro's trying relationship with his eldest son, Yoshikazu, who endlessly struggles to live up to his father's expectations and legacy. Ultimately, we are offered the portrait of a man who has overcome immeasurable setbacks in pursuit of his dream: to elevate the subtle art of preparing raw fish and rice.
Jiro's passion for sushi is a remarkable testament to man's relentless pursuit of excellence - this is an inspiring culinary masterpiece that is sure to delight both sushi lovers and critics alike.
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