What is perfection? What is it like to be the best in the world at a craft, where perfection is to be better than your last effort and your profession is to be married to the idea of making sushi?
Jiro Dreams of Sushi is the documentary of Jiro Ono, the 85 year-old sushi master, winner of 3 Michelin Stars for his 10-seat restaurant, Sukiyabashi Jiro.
The film, a portrait of Jiro, is not solely about the master but his position as one of the best sushi chefs in the world, what it takes to be the best, and his world beyond making sushi.
His world is sushi. His world is his two sons, Yoshikazu and Takashi. His antagonist is age.
At 85, Jiro knows his time making sushi and running his restaurant can only continue for so long. He gently pushed his youngest son, Takashi, to start his own sushi restaurant, unshackling Takashi from his father’s shadow. Now, because of Japanese tradition, it is Yoshikazu, the oldest son, who will be responsible for assuming his father’s role of making sushi to the same exact standards.
It is here where the film takes you, Jiro’s relation to the world now and what it might be when he is gone. Today, Jiro makes the world’s best sushi. But tomorrow, will Yoshikazu?
In 88 minutes, what we are left with is something rare in life, the absolute domination over mediocrity. Jiro, his sons and staff strive to improve every aspect of sushi, from the experience to the flavor — everything can be improved, their mission is singular and their results are unmatched. At the end of 88 minutes, what we take away is the desire to try just one piece of the best sushi in the world and to experience this search for perfection, in some facet, in our own life.
Movie: Jiro Dreams of Sushi
Director: David Gelb
Year Released: 2011
Studio: Magnolia Pictures