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Jiro Dreams of Sushi (DVD Review)

23 Jun, 2012 By: Angelique Flores

Prebook 6/26/12; Street 7/24/12
Box Office $2.42 million
$26.98 DVD, $29.98 Blu-ray
‘PG’ for mild thematic elements and brief smoking.

Sushi looks so simple, with minimalistic ingredients and portions, and little to no cooking involved. But Tokyo-based sushi chef Jiro Ono has turned heads with his treatment of the delicate dish at his modest 10-seat restaurant located at a subway station.

He’s considered one of the world’s best sushi chefs, and his restaurant, Sukiyabashi Jiro, is the first of its kind to be awarded three stars from the prestigious Michelin Guide.

This documentary tells the story of Jiro as a chef, which pretty much covers everything about him since he takes no time off, except for national holidays and emergencies. Like an artist, he would have visions of sushi in his dreams, and he is constantly working to create the next masterpiece on each of his plates.

From the purchase to the preparation of the fish and the rice, Jiro has perfected the process that pulls out the most delicious depth of flavors in sushi. Though he has dedicated decades mastering the art of sushi, the 85-year-old has no intentions of slowing down.

He is as intense and stern watching his customers eat his sushi as he is in making it, even making some customers nervous.

Besides making your mouth water, this film provides a small peek into Japanese culture, the fishing industry and the interesting facets of sushi itself.

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