Movie Night! Jiro Dreams of Sushi

I solemnly swear to not post about every movie I see. But I will let you know when I see one that is off the beaten path (meaning not shown at the mega-plex and if you’re like me you don’t always hear about the indie movies playing at the independent theaters and would loved to have seen it had you known it was playing). Deal? Deal.

So yesterday afternoon this exchange took place:

Ken: “Want to see a matinee today?”
Me: “Yea, there’s a documentary that looks really good. Jiro Dreams of Sushi. Wanna see it?”
Ken:  silence

It’s true, I’ve done him wrong more than a few times on documentaries. He didn’t care much for 10 mph (a Segway road trip across America), and Banksy: Exit Through the Gift Shop (British/LA graffiti artist) just wasn’t his thing. So now, although he does appreciate a good documentary every now and then, he’s quite leery any time I suggest one. Thankfully, I talked him into seeing Jiro.

If you’re a fan of documentaries – see it.
If you’re a fan of sushi – see it.
If you want an incredible story about dedication, perseverance, love, and honor in a culture far from our own (and I’m not just talking geography), see it.

if you’re a sushi lover, you’ll be ravenous by the end of the film

Click here for a synopsis on the movie’s official website. My two cents: the film is understated, simplistic, and wonderful.

The film starts with Jiro explaining that you choose your career early in life and you must dedicate your entire life to being the best you can be in that career. You must continually strive to improve your skill to perfection. So right from the get-go, you’re tapped on the head with the vast difference between Western and Eastern culture. Not that this is a surprise to any of us, but it gave me pause to contemplate again how our cultures are so different in that respect. I am not saying no American strives for perfection of his or her craft. There are many who do, but it seems it’s not the norm. I’m guilty of doing a good job, often a great job, but do I truly seek perfection in my career? If I’m being honest with myself, I don’t. I’m inspired by this man’s conviction in serving and am challenging myself to be just a bit more mindful about appreciating who I am, all the good in my life, and making the best of myself in that. When I think about it, it’s a pretty tall order. I’m keeping an open mind and thinking positive. Let’s see if I can work on this just a little.

Something else that struck me somewhere between dedicating one’s self to perfection and finding such joy in that, was the parallel that has with faith. No matter what your belief – your religion – I think many, if not all, require faith. That point where you let go and just believe. For some the ability to have faith comes easy, and for others it’s a struggle. “Journey” seems to be the current buzzword for contemplating your faith. I’ll not delve into any theological pondering about my journey, but thought I would share with you what this film brought to the surface for me. In the film you see Jiro dedicate his entire life to perfecting his craft of making sushi. Imagine the amount of faith, or letting go, required to do that and also the freedom it brings. It is moving to say the least. It’s been a while since a film has subtly evoked so much thought and emotion within me. I’m glad I saw it and I hope you check it out too. Let me know what you think!


Click HERE to purchase Jiro Dreams of Sushi at Amazon using the Chubs Lived Here link.