I had never really watched a documentary for its artistic value. Before I really started watching documentaries out of pleasure, I thought they were meant for spouting out as much information as they could through spoken word. I know many documentaries pride themselves on their beauty and camera work, as they should, but the extent of those aspects had always been lost on me, until now.

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Jiro Dreams of Sushi is one of the most beautiful films I have ever seen. The camerawork flows like you would not believe. The images are nothing less than art and the subject maintains interest throughout its duration. The idea of using food as art is not revolutionary, yet we are still amazed by the dreams Jiro Ono is able to bring to life.

David Gelb’s Jiro Dreams of Sushi follows an 85 year old Jiro Ono and his more than palatable restaurant Sukiyabashi Jiro. As you might have noticed, Jiro is quite the important name. The documentary gives us Jiro’s background and credentials, but to sum it all up in one sentence, he has been making sushi since the age of 11 and is now regarded as the best sushi chef in the world. Very much a coarse description, but very much accurate. Anyways, despite how special and inspiring Jiro’s story is, it is not really the subject I want to cover. The documentary does a pretty fine job of doing that. My thoughts still remain with the cinematography majestically, yet delicately placed in front of us.

The movements in a kitchen can often go unnoticed. We see chefs and we see food and therefore not much in between. The importance and beauty behind every little act each worker in the kitchen performers is completely unearthed and brought to light for our pleasure. The washing of a pan or the mixing of the rice becomes an art form. There really is no other word besides “art” to use. As much as the viewer craves the sushi presented, they marvel at it just as much, if not more.

Jiro says one thing in particular that really stood out to me. He states that, “in order to make delicious food, you must eat delicious food.” Quite simple and undoubtably believable when it comes to food, but this statement goes much further than that. In any field of work or passion we must run with the best in order to understand what it takes to become the best. Jiro Dreams of Sushi is one of those films that will make you stronger as a filmmaker, but it has much to offer for everyone else. This film will make you appreciate the details in life and greatness when you see it. And I greatly appreciate Jiro Dreams of Sushi.
Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011) directed by David Gelb
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