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How to make Kimchi according to my Kun-Umma
Fun, family, and food are the focus of this witty yet informative look into Korean culture. Bong Ja Lee is the filmmaker's Kun-Umma (auntie) and she makes for a delightful subject in this short digital documentary. The film delivers not only a recipe for kimchi, but also tells the story of an immigrant woman juggling being a grandmother, a leader in the Korean-Canadian community, and an aunt to her pestering nephew that is attempting to document her life.
Jiro Dreams of Sushi
Jiro Dreams of Sushi is a quiet yet enthralling documentary that chronicles the life of Jiro Ono, the most famous sushi chef in Tokyo. For most of his 85+ years, Jiro has been perfecting the art of making sushi. He works 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. Although his restaurant Sukiyabashi Jiro only seats 10 diners, it is a phenomenon in Tokyo that has won the prestigious 3-Star Michelin review, making him the oldest Michelin chef alive. Jiro Dreams of Sushi chronicles Jiro’s life as both an unparalleled success in the culinary world, and as a loving yet complicated father of two.
Jiro’s incomparable work ethic is the driving force behind Jiro Dreams of Sushi, but the heart of this film is how that ambition has influenced his sons’ lives as well. Eldest son, Yoshikazu, is the heir apparent to the sushi empire, but Jiro is not ready to retire or to relinquish any of his responsibilities. With a famous father guiding and critiquing every decision, Yoshikazu is unable to reach his fullest potential. However, he is proud to learn from a true sushi master, thus revealing the inner struggle of how a dutiful son shows reverence to his father yet control over his own domain.
Jiro Dreams of Sushi explores the passion required to run and maintain a legendary sushi restaurant, and one son’s journey to eventually take his father’s place at the head of the culinary dynasty.
Directed by David Gelb.
Rated PG | 81 mins | 2011 (Japan)