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- 2011, David Gelb, USA, 81 min. “★★★★★ Sure to delight foodies and cinephiles alike.” —Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York “As elegant and tasty as the splendid sushi prepared by the man in the title, and that is saying a lot.” —Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Like an Asian equivalent of Bill Cunningham or Ferran Adrià (EL BULLI), the subject of this delightful documentary is a transcendent perfectionist, pursuing his craft with the curiosity of a child and the devotion of a monk. 85-year-old Jiro Ono is the world’s greatest sushi chef. A meal at his 10-seat, three-Michelin-starred Tokyo restaurant might be the most expensive-per-minute in the world, and worth every last yen. The film’s absorbing exploration of Jiro’s extraordinary dedication (he started at age ten, and he actually does get new ideas for sushi in his sleep) is fleshed out by the subtle tensions among him and the two sons destined to succeed him, the rigorous training of his apprentices (ten years before they’re allowed to cook an egg!), and director Gelb’s vibrant montages comparing Jiro’s virtuosity to that of an orchestra conductor, with shimmering cascades of sliced seafood scored to Glass, Richter, Mozart, and Bach. In Japanese with English subtitles. 35mm. (MR)
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