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Jiro Dreams of Sushi

Friday, March 7, 2014  >  7 p.m.

  >  PART OF THE FESTIVAL EAU CINEMA

Saturday, March 8, 2014  >  2 p.m. + 7 p.m.

Sunday, March 9, 2014  >  2 p.m.

Woodland Theater of Davies Center

This documentary tells 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 ten-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 three-star Michelin review. 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.

For most of his life, Jiro has been mastering the art of making sushi, but even at his age he sees himself still striving for perfection, working from sunrise to well beyond sunset to taste every piece of fish; meticulously train his employees; and carefully mold and finesse the impeccable presentation of each sushi creation. At the heart of this story is Jiro’s relationship with his eldest son Yoshikazu, the worthy heir to Jiro’s legacy, who is unable to live up to his full potential in his father’s shadow.

The feature film debut of director David Gelb, Jiro Dreams of Sushi is a thoughtful and elegant meditation on work, family, and the art of perfection. It chronicles Jiro’s life as both an unparalleled success in the culinary world, and a loving yet complicated father.

Sponsored by the University Activities Commission of the Student Senate

Admission is free at the door with a Blugold Card or an International Film Society membership. Community members may buy an individual IFS membership for $4; a family membership costs $10. The annual memberships are available at the Service Center, 715-836-3727, in Davies Center’s east lobby.

FILM INFORMATION

United States 2011
81 minutes
Color
Rated PG for mild thematic elements and brief smoking
Directed by David Gelb

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