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"Jiro Dreams of Sushi"


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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