jiro dreams of sushi

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very wise man recommended I watch this film. Not related to photography or graphic design but the message it conveyed was enough to make me want to watch it.

Most of the reviews from this documentary are very food based. For me I saw it very differently and watched it from a different perspective. I was more interested in the message about hard work, mastering your skill, always striving to elevate your craft and that most people can't keep up with the hard work and they quit.

"These days, young people want an easy job. They want lots of free time and they want lots of money. But they aren't concerned with building their skills."

"Jiro Ono is an 85 year old sushi master and an owner of a tiny, ten-seating restaurant in the basement of an office building in downtown Tokyo. Despite the simplicity of his meals, and the fact that his restaurant serves literally nothing but sushi, he still received the much coveted Three-Star Michelin Award, becoming the oldest person in history to do so." (quote via here)

What I really found fascinating was that as one of Jiro's apprentice you will have to endure 10 years of training (learning how to cut the fish or massaging the octopus for 50 minutes) before he allows you make the egg sushi - which in itself is a ritual and an art.

I've already watched this documentary twice. First time was purely for its message and second was to increase my visual vocabulary - studying each frame for the elements of design. Not only this documentary is perfect for studying it made me crave for sushi all day. I can almost taste every single one of it just from watching.

To conclude I will leave you with this quote from the film 'Ultimate simplicity leads to purity.' - the simplicity of the message, the honesty of the story and not to mention the simple and clean frames is my version of 'unami'

Ps. This review gave it justice. (images were screenshots from the movie)

5 comments:

  1. Oh, I loved this film so much!! Jiro's dedication and commitment to his craft made me feel like I was doing nothing in my life... LOL. Cheers!

    Apneet

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  2. I got the same impression you did. Later that day I had dinner had a delicious Michelin rated Japanese restaurant called Zenkichi! mmmm..

    I agree with the film and about our 'wants' without wanting to work for it. I'm trying to be better at that and sticking to just 1 thing and perfecting it.

    At one point of the movie towards he end he was talking about retiring and his eyes widened and his facial expression totally changed and he got really serious. It was kind of amazing and adorable haha.

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  3. I'd love to see this film, thanks for sharing! x

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  4. I'm curious now! Will definitely get the movie and watch it.

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