"The Price of Perfection"
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JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI explains, to some extent, why Japanese cars have sold so well in the United States. The pressure to pursue excellence appears to be higher in Japan. JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI is a wonderful documentary with an inspiring message.
(BB, CapCapCap, Pa, FR) Strong moral worldview promoting integrity, service, loyalty, honoring one’s father, and dedication, plus very strong pro-capitalist viewpoint wherein the movie has much to say about what it takes to succeed in business, movie does include comments about excessive fishing, but they’re from the perspective of an entrepreneur who’s dependent on a steady supply of quality fish, and a brief visit to a Buddhist shrine but the religion isn’t promoted; no foul language, violence, sex, nudity, alcohol use, smoking or drugs or violence; and, nothing else objectionable.
JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI is an inspiring look at the work and career of a famed Tokyo sushi chef. The obvious pursuit of perfection lifts the preparation of 20 pieces of sushi to an art form similar to a symphony. His carefully crafted courses result in a meal people line up to pay $300.
There are only 10 seats in the restaurant of 85-year-old Jiro. They’re reserved months in advance, for good reason. Jiro has been perfecting his craft for 65 years. He’s meticulous about purchasing only the very best fish, rice, and other ingredients. The level of his concern for his customer’s happiness knows no bounds.
Jiro’s two sons are following in his footsteps. His oldest son, 50-years-old, is expected to take his place when Jiro can no longer work. In this fascinating documentary, the older son lists what his father has taught him:
Always look beyond and above yourself.
Always try to improve yourself.
Always strive to elevate your craft.
The younger son was encouraged to open his own sushi restaurant knowing the older son was in line to inherit the father’s restaurant. Both sons share the father’s passion.
This movie explains, to some extent, why Japanese cars have sold so well in the United States. The pressure to pursue excellence appears to be higher in Japan. Apprentices at Jiro’s restaurant spend 10 years learning how to make twenty small servings of food that can each be consumed in a single bite. Jiro himself works seven days a week very long hours. He enjoys it. He doesn’t know what to do on national holidays.
While the extent of his passion for sushi may be extreme, one can wish American schools could impart a tiny fraction of Jiro’s desire for excellence. Many Americans with diplomas – high school or college – have learned that being mediocre is acceptable.
If, by the end of the movie, you’re not dreaming of trying some of Jiro’s sushi, then go get a Big Mac, because you have no appreciation of the culinary arts. To be honest, this reviewer has eaten many Big Macs and will never get to try Jiro’s sushi, but this movie should inspire writers to be better writers, salesmen to be better salesmen, and child care workers to be better childcare workers. It’s a delight to see someone elevate their craft.
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