JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI, a documentary about Jiro Ono, an 85-year-old Japanese sushi chef who has dedicated his life to his profession. The film just recently won the World Cinema award at the AFI Film Festival. We are beyond proud and overjoyed at this news. The award for World Cinema was a tie between JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI by David Gelb and KINYARWANDA by Alrick Brown – the two films were made by American filmmakers, both in foreign countries.
Karen Durbin of Elle Magazine quotes, “I loved JIRO, which pretty much blew me away. It’s an extraordinary film and an amazing debut, as subtle and precise in its way as Jiro’s sushi-making. The way that the filmmaker lets you come to know and admire this man who at first seems forbiddingly severe is masterly. By the end I felt as if I’d been given a valuable lesson in how to live a meaningful life and the sound track is inspired.”
Respectively, director David Gelb takes JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI beyond a guileless documentary. The film was shot with a clean and direct vision and the cinematography is beautiful – a verité view of watching a master at work! To find out more about JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI and to read the article about the World Cinema Award click here!
“I was so moved from beginning to end. I lived in Japan for many years before moving to New York and I am a sushi fanatic so I could relate on so many levels. The film not only depicts Jiro’s passion but also David’s. And for food lovers, it is food porn at its best!” Quoted Celia Cheng of Cravings.
JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI is being released in theaters March 9, 2012 by Magnolia Pictures.