What’s the greatest sushi restaurant in the world? According to many in Japan (not to mention the Michelin Guide), it’s a modest little hole-in-the-wall sushi bar tucked inside a Tokyo subway station and run by Jiro Ono, the 85-year-old subject of this tasty documentary — a no-frills movie with moments of nirvana for sushi lovers. It’s no surprise that the tall, spry, jokey Jiro is a perfectionist, but the film’s real allure is his obsession with simplicity: He has found magic in preparing the same elemental cuts, day after day, for 70 years. Director David Gelb pulls back the curtain on the kitchen rituals of sushi, inviting us to experience the savory-smooth sensation of ”umami,” roughly translated as ”Ahhh!” B+
SUSHI MASTERS Jiro Ono and his son Yoshikazu Ono in Jiro Dreams of Sushi
Genre: Documentary; Director: David Gelb; Runtime (in minutes): 81; MPAA Rating: PG; Distributor: Magnolia Pictures
Posted March 23 2012 — 12:00 AM EDT
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