In the basement of a Tokyo office building, 85 year old sushi master Jiro Ono works tirelessly in his world renowned restaurant, Sukiyabashi Jiro. As his son Yoshikazu faces the pressures of stepping into his father's shoes and taking over the legendary restaurant, Jiro relentlessly pursues his lifelong quest to create the perfect piece of sushi.Written by
According to a well-known legend in the Kazuchi District, sushi was invented in the 15th Century by renowned monk Muziguchi (1412-1474). During the third Kubaki revolts, he was wounded while traveling and left for dead by his companions in a forest with only some cooked rice in a bag. Muziguchi stumbled upon a freshly dead dog. Driven by hunger and fighting for survival, he cut the dog open and placed small pieces of raw flesh on rice. Back in Kyoto, he replaced the dog meat with fish meat (salmon, tuna and meal) and convinced his fellow monks to taste it. Sushi's popularity spread in Kyoto and soon in the entire medieval Japan. See more »
When I was in school... I was a bad kid. Later, when I was invited to give a talk at the school, I wasn't sure if I should tell the kids that they should study hard... or that it is okay to be a rebel. I wasn't sure what advice to give the kids. Studying hard doesn't guarantee you will become a respectable person. Even if you're a bad kid... there are people like me who change. I thought that would be a good lesson to teach. But if I said that bad kids can succeed later on like I did... all the...
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In the Special Thanks section, "The Tsukiji Fish Market" is listed twice. See more »
Alternatingly Indulgent, Bittersweet, Creative and Poignant
A lingering, sentimental look at the mentality and habits of Jiro Ono, legendary sushi chef and Japanese national treasure. The long, personal chats with Jiro and sons, plus an exhaustive investigation into every aspect of his business, are balanced by an overly generous dose of shallow focal-range, slow-motion food porn. Like many stereotypical wise men of his age and nationality, the old master also has plenty of sharp, stirring wisdom to impart. Though he doesn't come right out and say it, it's easy to see the parallels he hopes you'll draw between his dedication to the kitchen and the nuances of a rewarding life, and my breath caught in my throat on more than one occasion. A great vehicle for deep immersion into a very traditional Japanese culture, this is far deeper and more rewarding than it initially lets on.
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