For 75 years, Jiro Ono has sought to perfect his craft, working almost daily to master the preparation of sushi. Seventy Five years of refining, to the point where watching him form and prepare fish feels more like watching Tai Chi, or a magician practicing sleight of hand. Jiro’s dedication makes even the biggest accomplishment of your life feel like slacking.
But, as amazing as watching him work is, Jiro Dreams of Sushi is far greater than a display of technical prowess. We meet his sons; Yoshikazu, who has apprenticed with his father for years and will one day inherit his restaurant, and Takashi, who has struck out on his own, opening and running his own restaurant. Takashi copes with living up to the legend of his father while Jiro is still excelling. Yoshikazu, on the other hand, will one day have to continue the restaurant, and compete with the legend of his father.
David Gelb’s documentary is truly gorgeous to watch. Sushi is first and foremost about simplicity, and it’s incredible at first to imaging how such minimal food can inspire the rhapsodic reviews Jiro has earned. By the end, however, you see the result of 75 years of striving to achieve perfection. What boggles the mind even after seeing the beauty of his work, is hearing he still doesn’t believe he’s achieved perfection. Jiro Dreams of Sushi is one of the finest documentaries I’ve ever watched, and easily one of the best movies to come out this year of any type.