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‘You Have To Fall In Love With Your Work’ [Run - Don’t Walk - To See ‘Jiro Dreams Of Sushi’]

Posted Apr 25, 2012 by Jeff Houck

Updated Apr 25, 2012 at 01:12 PM


Jiro Dreams of Sushi

Had a chance to watch an amazing documentary yesterday on Jiro Ono, the most famous sushi chef in Tokyo.

I’ll let the trailer info take it from here:

For most of his 85 years, Jiro has been perfecting the art of making sushi. He works from sunrise to well beyond sunset to taste every piece of fish; meticulously train his employees; and carefully mold and finesse the impeccable presentation of each sushi creation. Although his restaurant Sukiyabashi Jiro only seats ten diners, it is a phenomenon in Tokyo that has won the prestigious 3-Star Michelin review, making him the oldest Michelin chef alive.

“Jiro Dreams of Sushi” chronicles Jiro’s life as both an unparalleled success in the culinary world, and as a loving yet complicated father of two.

Jiro’s incomparable work ethic is the driving force behind “Jiro Dreams of Sushi,” but the heart of this film is how that ambition has influenced his sons’ lives as well. Eldest son Yoshikazu is the heir apparent to the sushi empire, but Jiro is not ready to retire or to relinquish any of his responsibilities. With a famous father guiding and critiquing every decision, Yoshikazu is unable to reach his fullest potential. However, he is proud to learn from a true sushi master, thus revealing the inner struggle of how a dutiful son shows reverence to his father yet control over his own domain.

“Jiro Dreams of Sushi” explores the passion required to run and maintain a legendary sushi restaurant, and one son’s journey to eventually take his father’s place at the head of the culinary dynasty.

The movie is playing at 7:30 p.m. tonight and Thursday at the exquisite Tampa Theater in downtown Tampa.

Want a sample? Here’s the trailer:

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