Jiro Dreams of Sushi with David Gelb

Documentary Series Screens Jiro Dreams of Sushi

April 23, 2013 A Special Projects Committee Event

On April 23, the DGA's Documentary Series hosted a screening of Jiro Dreams of Sushi, a thoughtful and elegant meditation on work, family, and the art of perfection by director David Gelb (A Positive Rage).

Jiro Dreams of Sushi takes audiences into the world of 85-year-old Jiro Ono, the proprietor of Sukiyabashi Jiro, a 10-seat, sushi-only restaurant located in a Tokyo subway station and the first restaurant of its kind to be awarded a prestigious three-star Michelin Guide rating.  Considered by many to be the world’s greatest sushi chef, the film examines Ono’s life as an unparalleled success in the culinary world, reveals his complicated relationship with his son and eventual heir, Yoshikazu, and examines his lifelong quest to create the perfect piece of sushi.

Following the screening at the Guild's Los Angeles Theater, Gelb sat down with Special Projects Documentary Subcommittee member Oz Scott to talk about the making of the film. Gelb’s other films include the documentary A Vision of Blindness (2008) and the short films The King of Central Park (2006) and Lethargy (2002).


DGA event photos by Krista Kennell. Still photo from David Gelb's Jiro Dreams of Sushi.

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