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Oct 15, 2019 - 6:14:13 PM
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14348 posts since 12/2/2005

Okay, there's probably a whole bunch of you who think that the only appropriate thing to do with a chunk of raw fish is to either cook it or spear it on a hook and attempt to catch a different fish.

There are also some of us who actually think it tastes good.

But whichever position you hold, you might consider a movie called Jiro Dreams of Sushi. It's a documentary, released in 2011. Jiro is Jiro Ono, born in 1927 and still working. His restaurant has 12 seats, is located in a subway station in Tokyo, and has three Michelin stars (top rating, signifying one of the finest restaurants in the world).

The obvious story is about how the world's best sushi is made. But what the movie is really about is deeper themes including craftsmanship, vision, family relationships, generational differences and personal sacrifice. And that's worth watching even if you think raw fish is yucky. It's beautiful and intensely moving.

See if you can find it. It's in Japanese, with English subtitles.

Edited by - eagleisland on 10/15/2019 18:14:57

Oct 15, 2019 - 6:23:20 PM

Banjo Lefty


1684 posts since 6/19/2014

Thanks for the recommendation, Skip. Allow me to add another: Tampopo, a 1985 Japanese flick (with English subtitles) which is billed as a comedey, and indeed has some very funny moments, but is really about the search for the perfect bowl of Ramen. Philosophically, should you begin with the broth, the noodles, or the slice of pork?

Oct 15, 2019 - 10:11:28 PM

Paul R


11742 posts since 1/28/2010

My Dinner With Andre? cheeky

Oct 18, 2019 - 6:38:25 AM



706 posts since 3/7/2006

I'm still working on The Sorcerer and the White Snake (the movie, not the series) and Journey to the West. Very nice movies. Hollywood has no inspiration outside a few comic books.

Oct 18, 2019 - 7:04:57 AM

72 posts since 8/15/2019

To quote Molly Ivins, "In Dallas, they call it sushi... In Fort Worth, they call it bait..."

I'm a big fan of Maki, but tend to stay away from Nigiri. I have tried several raw versions with salmon, tuna, and white fish; but just don't have the taste for it. I can handle salmon, but prefer it grilled.

I hear folks say "I don't like sushi" and I just ask how they know. Most of them have tried one or two rolls and judged the whole lot by that.

Oct 18, 2019 - 7:43:35 AM

18540 posts since 8/17/2008

Mmmmm, sushi.

Oct 18, 2019 - 7:58:30 AM

220 posts since 3/29/2018

One of the most touching and inspirational documentaries I have seen is Children Full of Life. It is about a Japanese school teacher and his approach to teaching.
Compared to Western education, based on the Prussian system of making little factory workers and robots, this teachers approach is moral and humane. Anyone interested in education or frustrated with US state sponsored compulsory indoctrination should check it out. It gives a new perspective on school and education and the teacher's role. It might be how school would look in a more thoughtful and free world.
Check it out.

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