David Gelb’s film Jiro Dreams of Sushi is a beautiful expression of the documentary form. Described as a "sushi concerto," he harmoniously marries the elegant music of Philip Glass and Max Richter to the meticulous work of chef Jiro Ono, an octogenarian who elevates the practice of making sushi into an art form. The breathtaking cinematography of the film luxuriates in the glistening sheen of every sliver of seafood and every scenic view.
Beyond the culinary delights of Jiro, David presents a very real understanding of Japanese culture, from the intense drive for perfection to the familial structure that favors the first son in terms of succession, as Jiro’s children Yoshikazu, who works under his father, and Takashi, who opened his own restaurant, prepare to carry on their father’s legacy in different ways.
The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival where it immediately secured theatrical release and turned into the festival's biggest breakout, surpassing $2 Million in box office. A figure that attests to the broad appeal of a beautiful story well told.
No novice, David shot his first film, a short starring Robert Downey Jr. and Edward Burns, while still in high school. He went on to premier a short starring Jeffrey Tambor and Henry Winkler at the Tribeca Film Festival. And after graduating from USC School of Cinematic Arts, David directed A Vision of Blindness for the Sundance Channel.