At the helm of this ten-seat, one month waiting list, $300 prix fixe tasting menu, sushi-only restaurant located in a Tokyo subway station is 85-year old Jiro Ono. The documentary “Jiro Dreams of Sushi” directed by David Gelb beautifully presents the simplicity, dedication, and elegance of this 3-star Michelin awarded chef. As a master of his craft, Jiro is the first sushi chef in the world to receive such a renowned distinction.
With crisp images of expertly prepared dishes, this film has ruined whatever notion I previously had about what good sushi is supposed to look like. Cue the classical music in the background and I’m just about in tears from the realization that I can only dream of eating Jiro’s dreams of sushi. See what I did there? Ah yes, a dream within a dream... very clever.
The film takes you on a journey through the life of a proud restauranter, a skilled chef, and a complicated father. Just ask his 50-year old apprentice son. The dude’s been waiting to take over the family business, but the old man just doesn’t wanna quit. Hey, he’s 85 and is on top of his game, can you really blame him? “Sorry son, I promise I’ll retire.. next year.”
In select theatres March 9, 2012.