As others have said, you can watch this on Netflix and Amazon Prime if you already have a subscription.
As for the documentary itself, it's rather tedious and exhausting to watch if you have no interest in sushi. But if you do enjoy sushi, I think it's a great documentary on how someone can strive to bring the best out of something so simple. Granted, his sushi costs 30,000 yen to enjoy, or splurge on, depending on your perspective but there's also a reason for his 3-stars Michelin rating.
I really enjoyed this doc and I'm not usually a documentary movie watcher. The slow mo and highly detailed close ups of the sushi actually has expanded my horizons when I go for sushi. It's also a tale about family, about how being the best at something requires sacrifice and almost obsessive dedication. Well worth the view IMO
This is free on Netflix... Also, painfully boring movie. It just keeps bragging about this old Japanese chef who they film looking solemnly on his customers as they eat his over priced sushi. This is a feature film length infomercial about some seriously over-hyped fish.
The majority of people won't be able to tell the difference between $6 sushi and Jiro's sushi. However, if someone tells them that Jiro is a genius, has dedicated his life to making sushi, they will gladly pay several times that and actually tear up as they're eating it because it's "so good". It's marketing, and Jiro has built up a reputation that sells sushi. It's not the sushi that has built up his reputation. Jiro is a marketing genius, he was able to sell dedication to craft so effectively as to make the quality of his product irrelevant.
I bet if $6 fish was served at Jiro's, someone would declare it the best in the world. After all, Jiro the sushi God said it's good. So it must be good.
Funny enough, the documentary glosses over the fact that his son is now solely managing his father's restaurant. When the Michelin star people came over, his son was the one who prepared the fish. So the Michelin people really tasted sushi prepared by Jiro's son. They could not tell the difference.
Ironically, sushi served by Jiro's son at his own restaurant did not earn 3 Michelin stars. The same sushi prepared by the same chef, managed by the same man, earned 3 stars at the restaurant with Jiro as the figurehead.
Even the most discriminating palates cannot discriminate between sushi prepared correctly from fresh fish by different, half-way decent sushi chefs.
People really need to be more resilient to marketing...
edit: I should disclaim my comment by saying that I have the utmost respect for Japanese culture and the Japanese people in general. I have been on a Japan cinema binge on Netflix, which is why I watched this doc. Even though I understand Jiro is regarded as a "Japanese national treasure", my criticism of this doc should not be interpreted as an attack on Japanese people/culture.
Well if you had paid attention, you might have noticed Jiro has 2 sons. Maybe all Asian look alike to you and you couldn't tell the difference. The second son has his own restaurant and did not get 3 stars. The eldest son who has worked under Jiro for many more years and is expected to take over from Jiro did get 3 stars. Have you tasted Jiro's sushi? Who are you to judge his Sushi if you have not. The documentary is about a man's life long dedication to his craft and the goal of continually improving one's self. Not an infomercial.
Loved this movie. I'm a sushi chef and I wouldn't know where to start making sushi the way jiro does. He's got that crazy rice pressure cooker method, the hook up at the fish market, and massages the hell out of that octopus!! I dare anyone to try making it themselves before criticizing him.
Finding the movie boring is one thing. Saying he sucks is completely wrong!
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Jiro's son is one of the best sushi chefs in all of Japan who do you think he learned from? He's supposedly the next in line to take over the family business. They worked in the same restaurant for years until they opened the new one. How is that not having any relationship with your son? I think it's one of the best things you can do for your kid. Teach him a craft he can make a living from and help the family tradition at the same time.
I wrote "robbed him and his children of any time and relationship while they were growing up." I don't know, but maybe it was the part where Jiro mentions coming home and his son asks "mommy who is that strange man that sleeps in our house." There is nothing mutually exclusive between having abandoning your wife and kids while your kids are growing up and having your kids try desperately to get your attention by following in your footsteps and trying to live up to your expectations.
Actually watched this last nite, I really like it. But something I always wonder about those super fine sushi (or any other fine food) is that if you blindfold someone and have that person taste a piece of sushi from Jiro and a similar piece from another sushi chef, can one tell the difference?
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