Great Documentary Film – For Fun or Education
Jiro Dreams of Sushi is a compelling 82 minute documentary film of a man striving for perfection every day in his work. To me, it’s an accurate portrayal of Japanese cultural values, but it’s also a fascinating look at exquisite jewels of sushi.
See the Official Film Trailer
Magnolia Pictures has the official film trailer for viewers. In the short view, one sees the older-son-in-waiting. Jiro’s younger son runs a successful stand alone sushi restaurant in the trendy Roppongi Hills district, but 50 year old Yoshikazu Ono is poignantly poised to inherit the 10 seat restaurant with its three Michelin stars.
Meet Filmmaker David Gelb
As the camera captures the hurly burly of the famed Tokyo fish market, one admires the cinematography. David Gelb is also the director, and we have a brief glimpse of his vision in a blog interview.
Note to Teachers: If, by chance, one is using this film for educational purposes, I want to mention an invaluable resource for teachers needing video resources related to Asia. The East Asian Regional Materials and Resources Center loans materials free of charge.
Another Local Resource
The Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education has curriculum materials relating to Asian countries.
Karen Y. directed a Japanese cultural summer program for children K-5 for many years and still immerses herself in related materials.