My Review of "Jiro Dreams of Sushi"
This is a documentary about a person who became THE master of Sushi. The presentation was good, there is a lot of great morals to derive from the film however, I wish they had focused more on his personal struggle to get to where he is, so you formed a closer emotional tie with him instead of the sushi; which you do. You can't help it.
My favorite lesson is to fall in love with what you do instead of searching for and trying to find work that you love. Very different perspective then what most of us are taught. When you fall in love with your work, you are able to elevate that work beyond the tasks, beyond the result and make it love. He accomplishes this by doing the work and doing the work and doing the work. A lot of our current culture is based on an entitlement we feel that is owed to us. We put in our time and work, we deserve to be paid back. For Jiro, the love of his work, is the payback. Through that love is able to take his work beyond what anyone thought possible. He is giving his love, his service and his life to something that will outlast him.
I am reminded of Rabindranath Tagore quote,
“I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.”
The only thing in life we can give is our service. When you infuse that service with your love, it creates that love to others.
The film shows how to be a master of a craft. Start by being an apprentice for 10 years, then work that craft with routine for 75 years. That's all it takes.
With his Japanese upbringing, which turns everything into a ceremony, and his hard work, he has made making sushi into an art form.
This film will make you hungry. Hungry for sushi. It will make you appreciate fine food and the painstaking details that goes into great food. It will also help you discern what isn't great food as well.
Overall I do recommend this film and there are many valuable lessons from it.