Jiro Dreams Of Sushi Blu-ray Review
I think one’s love for Sushi will ultimately persuade whether you like or dislike JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI. The raw fish seems to spark a very love it or hate it attitude. I for one love it! But I think beyond one’s taste for food the documentary is crafted quite well so that most anyone who enjoys discovering a deeper knowledge on any topic will be pleasantly entertained.
85 year old Jiro Ono is a master chef in Japan. His sushi restaurant Sukiyabashi Jiro is world renowned, earning the elusive three star rating from the Michelin restaurant guide. Seating no more than ten at a time, the waiting list for reservations is a minimum of a month with some even reserving a year in advanced. Charging roughly thirty thousand Japanese yen, which converts to about three hundred and seventy dollars a plate, Jiro is a perfectionist who puts every ounce of energy into making the most delicious meal possible for his patrons. There are no appetizers or any options for that matter, the meal is simply a twenty minute predetermined menu of about twenty different sushi items prepared one at a time. JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI is a documentary diving deep into Jiro’s process and the people behind his long establish success as the greatest sushi chef of all time.
While Jiro has meticulously made himself the greatest, he also trained many apprentices including his sons. Currently, the main person behind Jiro’s success is his oldest son Yoshikazu. Unfortunately, Jiro refuses to retire, leaving Yoshikazu remaining in the number two spot awaiting the pressures from his father’s legacy. Jiro’s youngest son Takashi owns his own sushi restaurant for those patrons who prefer a more relaxed affordable atmosphere free from the intimidating perfection demanded by Jiro’s establishment. Plus it is a far more affordable option.
Jiro has always had his hand in every aspect of the business. Specifically in the Tsukiji fish market where Yoshikazu rides on his bike every day and meets with their own personal hand picked scrupulous vendors to pick out the best shrimp, eel, octopus or tuna. Even the rice and egg are painstakingly cooked to precise order. While these obsessively meticulous dealings are both educational and fascinating, JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI excels most when it dwells on the more family aspect. Jiro’s life before dedicating it to creating the perfect sushi to his young boys saving weeks of an allowance to finally pool together and buy one coca cola to share. These stories are what gives the film heart and a deeper knowledge to understand the culture and driving force behind the restaurant.
The classical score and filming are quite exquisite but even the brisk 81-minute run time is a little long when one adds up all the unnecessary slow motion shots of sushi. However, for any food lover and more specifically, sushi lovers, JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI is a real treat and definitely worth a taste.
Video: (1080p 1.78:1) As are most documentaries, JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI is shot with different cameras for different scenarios but is surprisingly minimal on shaky hand held providing a lot of great imagery.
Audio: (Japanese: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1) The sound is fine carried mostly by a beautiful score.
Audio Commentary: Director/Producer David Gelb and Editor Brandon Driscoll-Luttringer go through just about every aspect of making JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI, from the initial concept of the documentary to finally editing it together.
Deleted Scenes (20:50): Ten more scenes that I think those who love JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI will enjoy the extra informative scenes.
Masters (19:11): These are more scenes dealing with the tuna and shrimp master from the fish market.
Sushi Gallery (2:07): A bunch of pictures of Jiro’s delicious looking dishes.