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Jiro Dreams of Sushi

superawesomepossum Mar 7, 2012 09:57 PM

Anyone watched it at the TIFF yet?!
So excited!!! (:

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    AAQjr Mar 7, 2012 10:04 PM

    saw a preview screening in LA.. Sugoi!

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      omasciarotte Sep 8, 2012 09:56 AM

      Sugoi bigtime! Checked a copy out from my local library…entertaining and informative.

    2. justsayn Mar 7, 2012 10:17 PM

      It runs March16th - 21st. Already got my tickets!!!

      Awesome pictures from his restaurant - http://r.tabelog.com/tokyo/A1301/A130...

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        FrenchSoda Mar 8, 2012 08:23 AM

        Where is it playing in Toronto? I can't seem to find it online.

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          jlunar Mar 8, 2012 08:36 AM

          Here you go:

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            FrenchSoda Mar 8, 2012 08:46 AM


      2. jlunar Mar 8, 2012 07:50 AM

        Going to see this next weekend!

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          ylsf Mar 8, 2012 11:11 AM

          Going to go see it as well. I hope this thread doesn't get moved, it is hard to find out about these food related events sometimes. I know another time a food related film info got moved into the Media thread..
          I saw the trailer at lightbox and it looks great.

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            ylsf Mar 19, 2012 06:58 PM

            I saw it on the weekend. I really enjoyed it. Only plays until Thursday I think at Lightbox.

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              bytepusher Mar 20, 2012 08:30 AM

              One of the oddball things about the lightbox one needs to keep in mind is that for screenings that are not part of a "program" they only announce the weekly schedule a week in advance (basically the same as the cinema chains) so while the tiff.net site may only list screenings until Thursday that does not necessarily mean they won't continue to run it next week.

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                jlunar Mar 20, 2012 10:41 AM

                Oh! I didn't know that. I thought it was ending this week! Thanks for the FYI

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                  ylsf Mar 20, 2012 02:50 PM

                  Thanks, even though I am a member I didn't realize this either because they actually pre-printed out a "winter schedule" that I have somewhere and I thought it listed all of the films daily in it.

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                    bytepusher Mar 20, 2012 03:21 PM

                    Right, those long term seasonal schedules are only for things that they consider to be part of a "program". It's one of the annoyance about TIFF that I've decided to find charming.

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              disgusti Mar 19, 2012 11:23 PM

              thanks for the reminder, saw the trailer before something else a few weeks ago. going tomorrow.

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                aser Mar 20, 2012 12:22 AM

                I thoroughly enjoyed it, especially Yoshikazu, his filial obligations of being the eldest son. So Asian.

                The interview w/ Mizutani san (former disciple and also 3 Michelin star holder) gave an insider but outsider perspective on the father/son dynamic. Great stuff....

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                  disgusti Mar 20, 2012 11:10 PM

                  saw it tonight, absolutely fantastic. myself and everyone i was with walked out feeling just... happy. i really can't say enough about how much i enjoyed this. perfect mix of heartwarming/heartbreaking/informative/entertaining. man

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                    magic Mar 21, 2012 05:51 AM

                    Anyone know if its playing this coming Saturday night (March 24)??

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                      always_eating Mar 21, 2012 08:47 PM

                      On the TIFF site it says it's showing at 7:15 & 9:15 that night.


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                        magic Mar 22, 2012 05:59 AM

                        Awesome always_eating, thanks for accommodating my laziness, I appreciate it :)

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                          canmark Mar 22, 2012 02:18 PM

                          TIFF website is listing screenings up to March 29.

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                            magic Mar 22, 2012 02:22 PM

                            Thanks canmark : ) Good to know.....

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                  canmark Mar 20, 2012 08:29 AM

                  I saw this last night. Very intersting look at sushi master Jiro Ono and his unceasing pursuit of excellence. His 10-seat restaurant seems ordinary, looking not much different than any sushi bar anywhere. Its humble basement location (you have to step outside for the washrooms) is unlike what one would expect from 3-star Michelin establishment.

                  The film also looks at the dedication of his two sons, sushi masters in their own right (particularly the elder son Yoshikazu, who works in the shadow of his father while the younger son commands his own restaurant). We glimpse the expert fish mongers of the Tsukiji Fish Market and hear Yoshikazu's warning about the declining supplies. And we also glimpse the Japanese culture that make this story true.

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                    downtownfoodie Mar 20, 2012 11:45 AM

                    Just bought my tickets. Thanks for the heads up

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                      petek Mar 20, 2012 02:41 PM

                      Thinking of seeing the 2pm showing tomorrow or Thurs.Is it best to pre purchase tickets or can I buy the at the box office?

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                        ggom1 Mar 20, 2012 05:19 PM

                        Box office should be fine, I was at the 2pm on Sunday and the theatre wasn't full.

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                          petek Mar 20, 2012 05:22 PM

                          Cheers thanks..

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                            ylsf Mar 20, 2012 06:54 PM

                            Yeah, a day time screening during the week shouldn't be a problem. The 5pm Sunday screening actually sold out or close to it (maybe a seat or 2). I was surprised considering how nice of a day it was.

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                              szw Mar 21, 2012 01:07 PM

                              Watched it yesterday and really enjoyed it.

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                                petek Mar 21, 2012 03:34 PM

                                Great movie! I laughed I cried I got so hungry watching it I had to run over to Swatow for some BBQ pork and noodle soup..... :-D

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                                  downtownfoodie Mar 22, 2012 05:43 PM

                                  What an amazing film. I won't spoil anything from it except to ask if anyone else noticed that the name of the most junior apprentice who was responsible for all the most menial tasks was...wait for it...Takeshita. Simple things for simple minds :)

                      2. shekamoo Mar 22, 2012 06:58 PM

                        thinking of the weight on the elder son's shoulder makes me shudder. you have to be from the 'east' to really really get it.

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                          petek Mar 22, 2012 07:07 PM

                          I worked for/with my old man in the restaurant biz for years..I get it and I'm not from the "east" unless you count Scarborough that is.... :D

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                            shekamoo Mar 23, 2012 10:21 AM

                            oh I'm sure you get it...I'm just not sure if you 'really really get it' ;)

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                              petek Mar 23, 2012 10:46 AM

                              I get what yer sayin'..My old man wasn't as calm as Jiro.

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                                millygirl Apr 1, 2012 02:39 PM

                                Loved it! Thanks for the tip superawesomepossum. Really enjoyed it and serious craving for tuna.

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                                  szw Apr 1, 2012 04:32 PM

                                  From chowhound reports it doesn't seem that Jiro is that calm either. Bit of an ass, actually!

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                            Cup cake Apr 1, 2012 07:37 PM

                            Saw it last night at TIFF. Great movie about the pursuit of excellence and the father/son dynamic.

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                              zzDan Sep 6, 2012 08:50 AM


                              I see Anthony Bourdain at Restaurant Sukiyabashi Jiro on youtube. What is chef Jiro brushing on each piece sushi before handing it over? Also I would be eating with chopstix. Anthony takes each sushi in his hands. One scene has Jiro grating wasabai so why is it not available for A Bourdaine to use? Also I see pickled ginger on Bourdain's plate and it is never eaten

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                                Yq214 Sep 6, 2012 09:10 AM

                                What Jiro is brushing on is soya sauce, so you don't have to dip them yourself. Actually, eating sushi with hands is a common practice in Japan (I didn't find out until recently). Jiro puts a little bit of wasabai paste between the rice and the fish, that's how it's supposed to be done. Last but not least, I believe pickled gingers are eaten between each piece of sushi so that your palate are clean for the next piece. I just watched this doc and loved it!

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                                  zzDan Sep 6, 2012 09:34 AM

                                  Thanks for filling me in! And GH1618 too. Amusing that for Jiro, Bourdaine is about the most dressed up I have ever seen him, suit and tie (lol)

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                                  GH1618 Sep 6, 2012 09:11 AM

                                  It is correct to pick up nigiri sushi in one's fingers, but notice that Bourdain fails to flip it over. It should be flipped so the fish is on the bottom when eaten. I prefer to eat nigiri in two bites (never set it down between bites).

                                  It is also correct in traditional sushi to not serve extra wasabi. The correct amount is inside the sushi. The video explains this.

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                                    Pincus Sep 7, 2012 12:30 PM

                                    I've eaten with my hands, but never flipping fish side down. I will try it next time, thanks.

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                                      bytepusher Sep 7, 2012 02:23 PM

                                      The point of turning the nigiri upside down is to dip the topping but not the rice into a provided dish of soy sauce, however since the chef in this case is brushing on the soy there's no point in turning it over (other than perhaps habit)

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                                        GH1618 Sep 7, 2012 03:32 PM

                                        Flipping it puts the fish on the tongue. Anyway, most sushi places are not going to finish off every piece in this way.

                                        By the way, the technique, which I learned from someone visiting from Japan, is:

                                        Before picking up the piece of nigiri sushi, rotate your hand. If you are right-handed, you rotate to the left.

                                        Pick up the sushi with your thumb and second and third fingers. As you rotate it to the inverted position, bring the fourth finger underneath the fish so it doesn't fall apart.

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                                        Notorious P.I.G. Sep 7, 2012 09:35 PM

                                        The fish doesn't have to be on the bottom when you eat it. If anything though, it should be eaten in one bite.

                                        But really who am I to tell someone how to eat their sushi.

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                                          T Long Sep 8, 2012 09:46 AM

                                          Exactly! (to all your points) I find eating in one bite very practical, otherwise it could fall apart in my chopsticks.

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                                            Pincus Sep 10, 2012 11:13 AM

                                            Agree on the one bite. There is no other way, except with places that serve softball-sized futomaki rolls.

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                                              varnex Sep 10, 2012 05:41 PM

                                              There's no rule on the required orientation of the nigiri before it enters your mouth, but many do prefer fish-side down because it allows you to appreciate the texture of the neta on your tongue better. However, this is better for lighter-seasoned nigiri since the taste of the sauce might be too overpowering for other kinds of sushi.

                                              There is also the way in which you eat the nigiri with the fish on the left, so that both fish and rice can be tasted at the same time. I like to do it this way. If you see the kanji for sushi, you can also see that the character for fish is written on the left ;)

                                              If the chef also notices you're using chopsticks, he'll make sure your rice won't fall apart when you pinch it

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                                                Googs Sep 16, 2012 08:44 AM

                                                That sideways banking technique, now THAT's a technique I'd have to see.

                                            2. re: Notorious P.I.G.
                                              Googs Sep 10, 2012 12:10 PM

                                              Remember, Notorious, not everyone knows as much as you about Japanese cuisine.

                                              I think the only point of the flip is in cases where you want to dip the fish into the soy. As someone else pointed out, you wouldn't dip the shari. You'd only end up with too much soy ruining the delicate flavours and likely have an explosion when the shari falls apart. It's grip-flip-dip-nip. For anyone feeling nervous about it, remember you're eating with your hands. Very child-like and liberating.

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                                            magic Sep 7, 2012 06:38 AM

                                            I never eat with chop sticks. Always with my hands. Doesn't it seem more practical to eat sushi with your hands?

                                          3. elvisahmed Sep 10, 2012 02:50 PM

                                            Folks this one is now available on US netflix. I finally saw it today and am awestruck. More interesting is the supply chain process they have. Lots of a interesting ideas and the sheer dedication to his craft is mind boggling.

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                                              Notorious P.I.G. Sep 10, 2012 03:29 PM

                                              The DVD is worth buying as well. There's a wealth of information on it about the suppliers themselves. Individual features on the Rice Guy, Tuna Vendor, Shrimp Vendor, etc. where they go into their crafts at length.

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                                              ylsf Sep 14, 2012 11:36 AM

                                              There is a free screening of Jiro Dreams of Sushi down at Harbourfront on Saturday night as part of the "Fortune Cookie Festival" happening this weekend. Always great programming/activities down there every weekend!


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                                                jlunar Sep 14, 2012 12:29 PM

                                                Jiro is totally worth seeing if you haven't already. Food porn in motion.

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                                                  vil Sep 16, 2012 12:16 PM

                                                  Thank you for the alert, it was wonderful! I just wonder how everyone manages to deal with the enormous sushi craving after watching the film!

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