A delicious meal? An expensive and unfilling dinner? Legitimate excuse to pull out of a David Mamet joint?
Sushi is all of this and more — some would call it an art, and those that do are likely in admiration of Jiro Ono, an elderly Japanese man who many consider to be the greatest living sushi chef. Leading his hidden-away Sukiyabashi Jiro restaurant housed in a Tokyo subway station, the 85 year old has created a sensation all around the world, with food connoisseurs making a vacation out of dining in his ten-seater and that has earned a 3 Star Michelin rating. Even at his old age, the culinarian still strives to be better and meticulously trains his employees — including his son/heir, Yoshikazu, whose skill unsurprisingly pales in comparison to his father’s.
And now, Jiro has a documentary. David Gelb (cohort of Max Winkler; the two teamed on the short “The King Of Central Park” way back when) makes his feature debut with the documentary “Jiro Dreams Of Sushi,” an elegant portrait of not only the man and his legacy, but his complicated relationship with his scion. The trailer has been released over at Apple, and it looks appropriately dignified and stylish — not to mention it has the most enticing eye for food we’ve seen since “Tampopo.”
We’re pumped and you should be too; those rarely impressed by documentaries should be in for some fun. Magnolia will be releasing the film on March 9, 2012.