Detroit Film Theatre


Friday, March 30, 2012 – Sunday, April 08, 2012

 Detroit Film Theatre

(Japan/2011--directed by David Gelb)

85 year-old Jiro Ono is considered by many to be the world’s greatest sushi chef. He is the proprietor of Sukiyabashi Jiro, a 10-seat, sushi-only restaurant located in a Tokyo subway station, which, despite its humble appearance, is the first restaurant of its kind to be awarded a prestigious 3-star Michelin review. Sushi fanatics from around the globe make pilgrimages, calling months in advance and shelling out extraordinary prices for a coveted seat at the sushi bar. Jiro still strives for perfection, working from sunrise to well beyond sunset to taste every piece of fish; meticulously train his employees; and carefully finesse the impeccable presentation of each creation. At the heart of the film is Jiro’s relationship with his eldest son, the heir to Jiro’s legacy, who finds it hard to live up to his full potential in his father’s shadow. Jiro Dreams of Sushi is a rich and elegant meditation on work, family, and the art of perfection, chronicling one man’s life as both an unparalleled success in the culinary world, and a loving yet complicated father. In Japanese with English subtitles. (81 min.)

"Thrilling and beautiful."   -Anthony Bourdain 
“Mouthwatering! An intrinsically compelling hymn to craftsmanship and taste in every sense.” –Leslie Felperein, Variety

“Cinematography as lush as the tuna belly. The sushi is shot so lovingly, I’m pretty sure I felt tears welling up.” –Betty Hallock, Los Angeles Times

“Breathtaking! This is food porn at its best.” Screencave

“The elegant style perfectly complements its subject’s monastic devotion to purity – and, like the master himself, turns something simple into a work of art.” –David Fear, Time Out New York

“Make sure you’ve already staked out the nearest sushi place. By the time the lights go up you’ll be ravenous.” –IndieWire

Friday and Saturday, March 30 and 31 at 7:00 PM
Sunday, April 1 at 2:00 PM
Friday and Saturday, April 6 and 7 at 9:30 PM
Sunday, April 8 at 4:30 PM