Jiro Dreams of Sushi. 2011. USA. Directed by David Gelb. 35mm. In Japanese; English subtitles. 81 min.
In the underground tunnels of a Tokyo subway station, Jiro Ono, proprietor of the 10-seat, three-Michelin-star Sukiyabashi Jiro, orchestrates a beyond-obsessive sushi-making operation. David Gelb’s elegant documentary cements octogenarian Jiro’s cult status via unctuous sushi closeups interspersed with the master’s meditations on life, and moments for the supporting cast of chefs, including Jiro’s middle-aged sons. Phillip Glass compositions feature heavily in the score, allegorizing the repetition, devotion, and mythical quality that made Sukiyabashi Jiro one of the most difficult dinner reservations in the world.