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DVD review: “Jiro: Dreams of Sushi”

There is something fascinating about the life as a chef, or in this case, a sushi master. Any time I see a book, a movie or a documentary on Netflix about the art of preparing food, I am intrigued.

I was interested in “Jiro: Dreams of Sushi” because I’ve yet to try sushi (it’s on my bucket list) and I figured this would give me a real idea of what it’s all about. What I learned from this documentary went beyond food, however.

Jiro Ono is an 86-year-old sushi master and owner of Sukiyabashi Jiro, a Michelin three-star restaurant in Tokyo, Japan. The documentary follows his and his two sons’ everyday life. Both of his are sushi chefs, as well.

The documentary showcases the beautiful art these sushi chef create, but what I got the most from it was Jiro’s ironclad dedication to his work.

Hear this employers, if you want your employees to be proud of their jobs, work hard and crank out the best, have them watch this documentary. Jiro’s work ethic and the pride he pours into his sushi really sparked a flame in me to approach my work just as he does. I love my job. But Jiro takes his love to a higher level.

And, as you will see, his eldest son, Yoshikazu, defines loyalty. He is ready to be a sushi chef all on his own but his love and dedication to his father is quite commendable.

There’s a lot more than just the art of sushi that you can learn from this documentary.

Review by Ryan Schlehuber, of Greenville, is The Daily News’ features editor. “Scoop” believes going to a movie theater solo is a liberating experience and is grateful for Netflix forcing him to open up to new movies since their selections are O.K., at best.

Reviewed by Ryan Schlehuber "Scoop" on 25 January 2013

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