It's enough to make anyone dream of booking the trip and shelling out the 30,000+ yen for the omakase of their life.
|Jiro Ono, the man himself. Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.|
If you have a love for the refined art of Japanese food, Jiro Dreams of Sushi is one documentary that will tug at your tummy-strings.
But the movie is more than just a series of mouthwatering sequences involving raw fish and vinegared rice.
This is the story of a man who, well into his 80s, eschews retirement in favour of a lifelong journey towards perfection at his world-renowned restaurant, Sukiyabashi Jiro. It is the story of a chef's dedication to his work, and, along the way, a glimpse of a father's relationship with his sons.
|A big hunk of fresh tuna. Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.|
Director David Gelb infuses Jiro Dreams of Sushi with a fittingly reverie-like quality; and the lilting beauty of the Philip Glass score is one that sings to the heart.
In the end, though, the indelible mark left in my mind - the one that almost sends chills down my spine - is Jiro's unwavering, enduring joy in what he does: "I feel ecstatic all day... I love making sushi."
After all these years.
|Jiro's sushi. Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.|