CHICAGO – The issue of gender identity, especially for those who are born with a vagueness as to what to call themselves between/beyond boy and girl, has come front and center in the U.S., both with the legalization of gay marriage and the callous repudiation of identity by trying to pass laws dismissing it (the North Carolina “bathroom” laws). The performance companies of The Living Canvas and Nothing Without a Company is currently staging “[Trans]formation,” which presents gender identity art by six performers, who perform most of the play in the nude.
DVD Review: Craft, Dedication Proven in ‘Jiro Dreams of Sushi’
CHICAGO – David Gelb’s lyrical “Jiro Dreams of Sushi” tells the remarkable tale of a living legend in his chosen art form, the creation of sushi. Master chef Jiro Ono may be 85 years old but he’s still more committed to his craft than most people one-quarter of his age. What makes a man like Ono, one who has built a life on repetition of his talent, go from day to day? And why is he the best at what he does?
Gelb’s documentary may seem a bit light in the subject matter when compared to films like “The Interrupters” or “The Invisible War” but there’s more here than you might expect from the title or synopsis. He finds something deep underneath the story of this fascinating man who took a 10-seat restaurant in a Tokyo subway station and turned it into an international phenomenon for foodies. And the film looks beautiful. Even if you don’t like sushi, it will make you hungry.
Jiro Dreams of Sushi was released on Blu-ray and DVD on July 24, 2012
Photo credit: Magnolia
Jiro Dreams Of Sushi is the story of 85 year-old Jiro Ono, considered by many to be the world’s greatest sushi chef. He is the proprietor of Sukiyabashi Jiro, a 10-seat, sushi-only restaurant inauspiciously located in a Tokyo subway station. Despite its humble appearances, it is the first restaurant of its kind to be awarded a prestigious 3 star Michelin review, and sushi lovers from around the globe make repeated pilgrimage, calling months in advance and shelling out top dollar for a coveted seat at Jiro’s sushi bar.
Jiro Dreams Of Sushi is a thoughtful and elegant meditation on work, family, and the art of perfection, chronicling Jiro’s life as both an unparalleled success in the culinary world, and a loving yet complicated father.
o Deleted Scenes
o Sushi Gallery
o Commentary With Director David Gelb And Editor Brandon Driscoll-Luttringer
o Theatrical Trailer