Master sushi chef Jiro Ono owns a renowned ten-seat, €250 a plate, three-Michelin starred Tokyo restaurant. From bidding at a tuna auction to the proper way to massage an octopus, his arcane craft is profiled in mouth-watering detail. But is Jiro’s son a worthy heir to his legacy?
Director: David Gelb. Japan, 2012. 83 minutes. Cert: G. Language: Japanese
An appetizing documentary in every sense, Jiro Dreams of Sushi follows 85-year old master sushi chef Jiro Ono, owner of the esteemed 10 seat, $300 a plate Sukiyabashi Jiro restaurant in Tokyo. From the ins and outs of the tuna auction to the proper way to massage an octopus director David Gelb dynamically profiles all aspects of the craft in mouth watering style and detail, paying lushly photographed homages to the process of preparing the artisan sushi that earned Jiro and elite three Michelin stars. – Tribeca Film Festival 2012