Movie review: Jiro Dreams of Sushi

From the April 4, 2012 edition

The first step to mastering simple foods is realizing they are not easy. The most simple foods — sushi included — require years of training and practice to master. Very few people possess the discipline to learn a craft at such a plodding pace, constantly hearing from a master that the work is still not good enough.

Jiro Ono, 85, is perhaps the world’s greatest sushi chef. He goes to work every day ready to learn something new. He hasn’t yet achieved his pinnacle, and neither has his eldest son, who, though 50, continues to work under and learn from his father.

“Jiro Dreams of Sushi” is a story of utter devotion and remarkable personal drive. It is also a showcase for the most beautiful sushi you have ever seen. Piece after piece of jewel-like fish is set down before the viewer in tantalizing size and detail.

You will leave the theater quite hungry.