Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011) Directed by David Gelb. With Jiro Ono.
As someone with a chronic allergy to seafood, watching sushi master Jiro Ono going to work on his inspired collection of recipes is equal parts cruel and inspirational.
Documentary film-maker David Gelb does a very good job of capturing the remarkable discipline and dedication that 85 year old Jiro applies to his undiluted love of all things sushi. Serving as much an advert for his unique approach to preparing high quality food, the documentary can also be seen as pure inspiration for anyone wanting to a peak into what makes a successful businessman. Sure, Jiro has talent but beyond that, his tireless work ethic and desire to inspire all who sample his flavours place him in constant high demand.
This isn’t a world shaker of a documentary, but it’s an interesting portrait of a hugely successful family business built on the pure love of the job. 3/5