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Jiro Dreams of Sushi

Jiro Dreams of Sushi

2012 (David Gelb) PG, 81 minutes

Jiro Ono; Yoshikazu Ono

Like any master of the art, Jiro, who is 85, can show you how a trick works, let you see the details, and yet it still mystifies anyway. That is the hallmark of true magic. But while other magicians work with top hats and rabbits, Jiro works with sushi. His restaurant, a tiny, 10-seat spot in a Tokyo subway station, is widely acclaimed as home to the greatest sushi in the world.

Jiro is obsessed with sushi. What is the old adage? Find something you love to do and you'll never work a day in your life? Perhaps. But Jiro lives to work. He detests holidays, can't wait to get back to the restaurant, get back to toiling at his chosen path: to make better sushi. Yes, his may be the best there is, but that's not good enough for him. The title is telling -- Jiro dreams of making better sushi, despite working at it non-stop for 70 years. 

Bill Goodykoontz/AZ Republic

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