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:
Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 99 percent.
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.
It’s approachable, visually captivating and recognizable since it’s been on Netflix and Amazon Instant Video for some time now.
One view of the trailer, and you’ll see what I mean.