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"Jiro Dreams of Sushi"


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#1 jpr54_

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 07:34 AM

I saw this much written about documentary-
It was enjoyable and a credit to Jiro, his 2 sons,restaurant workers, and purveyors of fish.

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 08:09 AM

Saw it this weekend and really enjoyed the film. May finally be able to eat sushi with my wife now, as it quite piqued her interest! Highly recommended!!
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Posted 04 April 2012 - 01:10 PM

A paraphrased quote from Jiro, "Every day cook better than the day before."

I'd love to eat at Jiro's but could not hack the pressure of him staring at me as I manipulate a pair of chopsticks.

A great movie that should be shown to freshmen their first day of culinary school and again to seniors at graduation.
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#4 jpr54_

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 01:41 PM

I think it is also proper to eat sushi holding with your fingers

Edited by jpr54_, 04 April 2012 - 01:48 PM.


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Posted 22 April 2012 - 02:05 PM

Saw this film last weekend. Enjoyed it a lot. I guess the son takes over when Jiro passes away? It seems that he can take over just fine. The reports where that he was always the one running things when the Michelin inspectors were there.

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Posted 22 April 2012 - 02:56 PM

We saw it last night (with EG-ers Tom and Edsel) - we all enjoyed it a great deal - and sought out the best sushi at Gingko in Tremont (Cleveland) after. One insight I came away with was an understanding of why such restaurants are so expensive - they "waste" (very much in quotes) a lot of primo product getting the apprentices to work the food to the master's satisfaction. That cost is obviously subsidized by the customers. I had never thought of it that way, until I saw the process at work in this film.
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Posted 02 May 2012 - 11:50 AM

I saw this movie recently and loved it. It's a fantastic exploration of the Japanese shokunin tradition.

Since I will be heading back to Tokyo in June I decided to have a Japanese friend make a reservation for me so I could see it for myself.

They wouldn't accept my reservation as a foreigner.

My friend pressed them and they said they would accept a reservation from a hotel concierge. Since I'm tatami-surfing rather than staying at hotels, I have no access to a concierge.

After a second phone call, they grudgingly agreed to accept a reservation under the condition that I call three days in advance to reconfirm the reservation.

I hope the sushi is good enough to wipe out the slightly bad taste in my mouth from this experience.
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Posted 02 May 2012 - 03:44 PM

There's an interesting article in this week's edition of The Stranger (Seattle alt-weekly) about some former apprentices of Jiro's in Seattle. http://www.thestrang...nt?oid=13524459
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Posted 07 May 2012 - 05:31 AM

Where can this be seen? Is it on netflix or hulu?

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 05:35 AM

Where can this be seen? Is it on netflix or hulu?


It was showing in theaters.
In Atlanta the only place showing it was Tara Theater on Chershire bridge. I don't know if they're still showing it though. When i went there were 10 people in a 500 person room :)

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 06:24 AM

I saw this movie recently and loved it. It's a fantastic exploration of the Japanese shokunin tradition.

Since I will be heading back to Tokyo in June I decided to have a Japanese friend make a reservation for me so I could see it for myself.

They wouldn't accept my reservation as a foreigner.

My friend pressed them and they said they would accept a reservation from a hotel concierge. Since I'm tatami-surfing rather than staying at hotels, I have no access to a concierge.

After a second phone call, they grudgingly agreed to accept a reservation under the condition that I call three days in advance to reconfirm the reservation.

I hope the sushi is good enough to wipe out the slightly bad taste in my mouth from this experience.

On the surface, it sounds like they've had some bad experiences with last-minute cancellations by "foreigners." However, I'm wondering whether this also has to do with the attitude--which I've personally experienced--that gaijin are not equipped to truly appreciate Japanese food, especially the nuances of first-class sushi. For a great example of this superiority/condescension--including the memorable quote, "I've always believed that we Japanese have the best tastebuds in the world"--check out the last part of the Iron Chef episode with Ron Siegel as the challenger.

I saw the movie last weekend in Chicago. I'm glad I went, but it felt stretched out. It would have worked better, imho, as a 52-minute PBS special.
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Posted 24 July 2012 - 11:14 PM

Just got to see this, fantastic on so many levels!
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Posted 25 July 2012 - 04:42 AM

For those of you who didn't get the chance to see it in theatres, it's worth noting that it was released to DVD and Blu-Ray yesterday. I found it rather inspiring, so I'm definitely going to pick up a copy! (Yes, I still live in a pre-Netflix universe.)
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Posted 25 July 2012 - 05:07 AM

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However, I'm wondering whether this also has to do with the attitude--which I've personally experienced--that gaijin are not equipped to truly appreciate Japanese food, especially the nuances of first-class sushi. For a great example of this superiority/condescension--including the memorable quote, "I've always believed that we Japanese have the best tastebuds in the world"--check out the last part of the Iron Chef episode with Ron Siegel as the challenger.

It is interesting then that Jiro said that Joel Robuchon had the best palate that he had ever come across. He wondered how good be could be if he had his palate.

I caught it on Qantas airplane movies. Very enjoyable but the subtitles are a challenge to read on a small screen, especially when they were white on a white chef's jacket.

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Posted 11 September 2013 - 04:51 PM

An admittedly late contribution on this but having watched it and enjoyed it, I thought I would recommend it again to those who haven't seen it yet. I agree with Alex that it could've been trimmed somewhat. Thought the movie gave a pretty good overview of some of the non-food traditions in Japan (which I admit to not being familiar with) such as the rites of the first born to follow his father's footsteps. Wasn't sure if that was just some PR from Jiro to cover for the fact that he volun-told his son to follow him. 
 



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Posted 12 September 2013 - 09:13 AM

And of course now there's Sushi Nakazawa, recently opened in NYC by an apprentice of Jiro's.


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