Back in March, we snagged tickets to one of the two showings of Jiro Dreams of Sushi on its opening night at The Nuart in West LA. I know this entry is long overdue (the screening was on March 16th!), but it was such a great experience I wanted to share anyway in hopes that you, our dear reader, will be inspired to go track down a showing and check it out. It is definitely a movie worth seeing.
We started our date night by having dinner at the nearby Aki Restaurant. In keeping with the sushi theme, I had a bowl of chirashi sushi for my entree, while Martin opted for a grilled chicken teriyaki platter. I had hoped that it would stave off the inevitable salivating to ensue while watching the documentary… alas, to no avail. After the movie, I was still craving sushi just as much as I was before dinner.
By the time we arrived at The Nuart, a long line had gathered — it seems many West Los Angelenos had heard about this premiere and came out despite the less-than-ideal weather. Every person in line seemed pretty excited; I know we were, especially after seeing such a compelling trailer. David Gelb himself stood on stage and briefly introduced the documentary just after everyone had found their seats. It was clear that he was passionate about this project and quite proud of it (with good reason).
Jiro Dreams of Sushi is an incredible and beautifully directed documentary. It not only features stunning and mouthwatering images of some of the freshest sashimi-quality fish you’ll probably ever set eyes on (although there IS plenty of that!) but it also gives insight to the life of the world-renowned sushi chef Jiro Ono – his devotion to his craft, his ever-continuing search for perfection, and his legacy that he will be leaving to his sons. 85 years young, he was awarded three Michelin stars for his restaurant — a teeny tiny hole in the wall sushi bar tucked away in the corner of one of Tokyo’s subway stations. Every single morning, he or his son would rise early to trek over to Tsukiji fish market to find the best picks of the day. Only the best is served, sliced to perfection and laid gently atop just the right portion of rice. Chef Jiro has a true appreciation and respect for his ingredients and it shows in the quality of his work. Needless to say, you won’t find any haphazardly-made California rolls nor their unnecessarily complicated companions here!
Sushi fan or not, I think you’ll find Chef Jiro’s resolve and tireless dedication truly inspiring. I can only hope that by the time I turn 85, I would have found a calling so profound and so meaningful that I find myself just as passionate then as the day I started.
Long story short – go see it. You won’t regret it!
Check out the website and find a theater showing near you: http://www.magpictures.com/jirodreamsofsushi
Rotten Tomatoes’ critics give the film 98%.