The passion and drive of one man to become the BEST in his work, never be satisfied and always striving for better is something of a desire or cherished aspiration for most of the people, but Jiro…oh man! This 85-year-old sushi master is the perfect example of what you need to do, and how you need to act to become one of the GREAT!
Jiro was left by his parents at the age of 7. When he went to school, his father told him that he need to make it for himself and that there is no coming back home. That is something that remains to a child’s brain, and after all these years, Jiro still remembers that sentence in his mind! There is no going back. He has to work hard and provide for himself. Otherwise, he has no place to go! He has to make a place for himself in this world. He takes the punches, the insults, all the slaps in his face, but he never backs down! Instead, he continues his routine and steps up his game EVERY DAY!
The movie is filled with inspiration, from start to finish, and the inspiration comes solely from Jiro. His words and wisdom is so simple, yet so true.
What I liked the most was the part where his human side is shown : The longing for becoming like his idol- Joël Robuchon. I loved that the director took the time to ask him of other chefs. That proves that even the idols have idols. Even the best, know that there are better! No sign of complacency, no sign of smug. Even though customers are nervous when they eat at his restaurant, he is nervous if Joël Robuchon comes to eat there! He knows that there are people with better sense of smell and taste, so he needs to improve his senses to please the customers!
He is competitive with himself, but he also knows what to do, to become better. And he does that every day! Not a day goes by, that he thinks of something else, or he thinks of giving up. THAT IS NOT AN OPTION. GIVING UP IS NOT AN OPTION!
I highly recommend this movie to everyone. To everyone who feel stuck, or lost, or not sure of their direction. PICK WHAT YOU WANT TO DO AND NEVER STOP DOING IT!