This movie was artfully shot and thoughtfully told. If you’re into sushi, fine dining, quality story telling, family dynamics, foreign cultures, contemporary cinematography, or adorable elderly men this film is for you.
It goes through to discuss the hard life and hard work of Jiro Ono, the 85 year-old, three Michelin star awarded sushi master. The oldest person to ever be awarded three stars, actually. Besides the sushi, the story line focuses mostly on the pressure facing his eldest son, 50 year old Yoshikazu, to one day take over the restaurant, the world renowned Sukiyabashi Jiro. At one point it is observed that Yoshikazu has to exhibit twice the amount of skill and talent that his father has just to be seen as an equal. I must admit that there are parts when just how suffocating such pressure must be. In all fairness though, Jiro has no problem discussing the importance he is putting on his son carrying on his legacy of perfection. It is still tough to watch at points.
A portion of the film that really stood out to me is when father and son discuss how the quality of their dishes can only be as good as the quality of the product they are sourcing. You follow Yoshikazu to the fish market, which may be one of the strangest things I have ever seen, and you’re able to see his relationships with his vendors and what they put into choosing some of the highest quality seafood in the world. Yoshikazu also goes on to talk about how important conservation is, noting that seafood is clearly an integral part to maintaining his livelihood but that doesn’t mean that every last fish should be harvested.
Go see this movie, please.
And to all of the Francophiles out there: Robuchon makes a cameo appearance!