Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011) dir. David Gelb
Premiering this week at the Tribeca Film Festival is a documentary film that will really make your mouth water.
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 restraurant 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 mouthwatering style and detail, paying lushly photographed homage to the process of preparing the artisan sushi that earned Jiro an elite three Michelin stars.
Beyond its cinematic celebration of the art of sushi, Jiro is also a film fundamentally about family, tradition, and the value of hard work. The complicated relationship between the master and Yoshikazu, his son and heir apparent, is a story of legacy, succession, and intergenerational tension—universal themes that transcend the specificity of their epicurean world. This emotionally resonant study of a son living in his father’s shadow is couched in an operatic spectacle of some of the world’s preeminent chefs at work, making Jiro a tasty treat that will satisfy all viewers’ cinematic cravings.
Co-hosted by Japan Society.