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Jiro Ono may dream of sushi, but in his lifetime, the 85-year-old proprietor of Sukiyabashi Jiro, arguably the most acclaimed sushi restaurant in the world, has achieved dreamlike perfection. Jiro radiates steely resolve if not outright confidence and as his work ethic is profiled in director David Gelb’s lyrical documentary, Jiro Dreams of Sushi, it’s not inappropriate to share the filmmaker’s enthusiasm while salivating at the sushi Jiro serves up in adoring high-speed slow-motion close-ups. The lone negative Rotten Tomatoes review (from the Times, no less) derides the film as insubstantial hagiography, something this writer finds disagreeable given the soft shoe but still considerable narrative Gelb builds while exploring Jiro’s giant shadow cast across the lives of his two sons, the first-born Yoshikazu and the younger Takashi.



- Mark Zhuravsky

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