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★★★★☆ David Gelb's study of one of the greatest living sushi shokunin, Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2012), may appear like an unnecessary documentary to appear amongst the winter schedule. However, behind this elegantly composed study of Japanese culinary culture lies a heartwarming tale of empathy and a serene meditation on contemporary values. At 85 years old, Jiro Ono is as sprightly an octogenarian as you're ever likely to meet - not that his sobering attitude whilst working would lead you to such a conclusion. He's worked as a sushi chef for over 70 years,wholeheartedly believing that the secret to a blissful life is dedicating yourself to mastering your art.

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