By Jack Limpert
President Obama, on his first night in Japan, is dining at Sukiyabashi Jiro, considered by many to be the world’s best sushi restaurant. The restaurant’s owner, Jiro Ono, was the star of Jiro Dreams of Sushi, a documentary film that showed how he trained his staff to produce such high quality. Here’s a flashback to a December 2012 post written after watching the film and wondering what an editor could and couldn’t learn from it.
Jiro Dreams of Sushi is a charming documentary film about an 85-year-old chef who runs a Tokyo restaurant that serves the world’s best sushi. The visuals and music are wonderful to see and hear, but I couldn’t help thinking about what an editor could learn from how Jiro Ono produces such consistent high quality. I kept thinking that running a restaurant is a little like running a magazine: You’re offering something to the public that you hope they’ll enjoy and they’ll think is worth the money, and your success depends on word of mouth and repeat business.