Films about SUSHI

Posted on February 4, 2013 by Toothpicker There have been 0 comments

This blog entry actually coincides with my trip to Japan... the land of sushi!



The variety of sushi USB in Japan...


I remember the days when many English people would cringe at the thought of eating raw fish, but those days were long gone and now sushi has become so popular that it would seem 'odd' if you don't eat it.

The popularity of sushi is almost global now and even in cities like Moscow, which is land-locked, you are most likely see sushi on menus than beef Stroganoff ( even in Russian, Indian and Chinese restaurants). Though it would probably horrify the Japanese to see salmon with cream cheese sushi on the menu!

The sushi effect seemed to have spread to the film world and in the past year, three very different films/ documentary on sushi were released:


Jiro Dreams of Sushi - I saw this intriguing documentary on the three-Michelin starred sushi chef, Jiro Ono, and it made my mouth water on the way through. Jiro is a perfectionist, who at 85 years of age, still believes he can improve his skills and be a better chef. It is fascinating to watch his relationship with his eldest son, who will eventually succeed him ( though it's hard to predict when it will happen). The film is not just about sushi, it also gives an insight into the Japanese culture, its traditional and lost values, and work ethics that can rarely be seen in our contemporary society.



Sushi in Suhl was a big hit in Germany last year. The film is about the real-life story of Rolf Ansch├╝tz, an East German chef who decided to open a Japanese restaurant in East Germany during the Cold War period. The restaurant became a huge success, but with the end of the Cold War, the restaurant lost its appeal and was largely forgotten. The release of this film triggered nostalgia for the restaurant among many former diners, and even a Facebook page was created to celebrate a restaurant that was exotic, unique and quintessential.



The most bizarre and wacky one is the Japanese comedy horror film, Dead sushi, directed by Noboru Iguchi. I am not sure if I would want to eat sushi right after watching this!



Last but not least... this is one of the most interesting videos on sushi is called 'Lost in a moment' made by sound designer, Dennis Wheatley in Tokyo. A camera was placed on the conveyer belt insde a sushi bar, whichcaptured the behaviour of the customers with most of them completely unaware of it and the result is quite fascinating...


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