Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011)
A documentary on 85-year-old sushi master Jiro Ono, his business in the Ginza Tokio Subway station, and his relationship with his son and eventual heir, Yoshikazu.
I’m not a fan of eating sushi but I can still appreciate how beautiful it looks and the skill it takes to create. This was incredibly interesting and not just because of all the shots of Tokyo.
Jiro is eighty-five years old and he has spent seventy-five of those years working toward the pursuit of sushi perfection. His oldest son is fifty years old and still works for him, while his youngest has gone out on his own to open his own restaurant. This was explained that the eldest inherits the restaurant while his brother would have to go out and make his own. The brother opened up in the most expensive place on the planet but has to lower his prices because he’s not Jiro. I mean he’s only got two Michelin stars while Jiro has three. lol
I get the feeling that Jiro missed out on a lot with his sons growing up and wasn’t a very good parent. The question is, should the pursuit of perfection in your job be more important than everything else?
If I was alone in the world, no family, no friends, I might pursue writing one hundred percent. I might. I love writing and creating, but I also love doing lots of other things. I don’t think I could just work on one thing for the rest of my life.
This movie really made me think. I thought the music was great and I loved seeing Tokyo again. It was cool to point out and say we’ve been there or I remember that.