Welcome to another edition of Movie Review Monday!
This week's movie comes to us from Netflix, and it is 2011's Jiro Dreams of Sushi.
This documentary is a exploration of the unique character of Jiro Ono, a master sushi chef from Japan whose commitment to his work and craft is unparalleled. He has a world renowned restaurant that only has about ten seats and charges thousands of dollars per customer. The film examines Jiro's story, perspective on life, and his relationship with his sons, who will eventually take over for their venerable father.
I must give a major caveat to the viewing of this movie; it is completely subtitled, obviously since it is centered in Japan. I know this could be a deterrent for some folks so I figure I'd make sure it was known ahead of time. I didn't know but it is still a great viewing experience. The movie is very well shot and has some awesome sequences of Jiro making his amazing sushi. The only complaint I'd have with the composure of the film is that has fairly slow pacing and there is no sense of urgency or conflict. It is all just talking heads and informational interviews with people around Jiro. There isn't a problem to be solved or crisis to avert or call to action. It's just a monument and memorial to Jiro, simple and clean, just like the man it is for.
I enjoyed this movie enough and if you're like me and love sushi, you'll want to run out and get some after watching.
You can stream this movie right now over at Netflix! Enjoy!