For those not accustomed to watching documentaries, I’ll try to ease you in. There are many “best-of” lists around the web. A good place to start would be this Imgur list.
Coming in at No. 1 on the list is:
Top critics said:
“Treating his seafood substantially better than Oldboy, Jiro is a miracle of perfectionism married to expertise. The same can said for Gelb’s loving documentary.” – Simon Crook from Empire Magazine
“The exquisite nigiri slices gleam with freshness, and you do learn about the component parts to the perfect serving of sea eel or gizzard shad.” – Trevor Johnston from Time Out
Amazon hall of fame reviewer wiredweird said:
“This quiet, low-key documentary describes a most amazing man, Jiro. For more than half-a-hundred years, this octagenarian has devoted himself to one thing: perfecting the art of making sushi. His restaurant might not look like much. You pass through a subway turnstile on the way there, then find just ten seats in the cramped space inside. A lot of the time, staff outnumber customers. You need a reservation a month in advance and expect to pay US $375 minimum, but I assume it goes up from there. In return, you get a Michelin three-star experience – according to Michelin, the third star means it’s worth visiting the country just to experience that one restaurant.”
“Jiro Dreams of Sushi” is a great place to start for anyone remotely interested in documentaries. This documentary tells a simple, compelling story of how Jiro makes the mundane into art through sheer passion and love for his craft.
One view of the trailer, and you’ll see what I mean.