Jiro Dreams of Sushi is an incredibly interesting project even from its very name. David Gelb’s documentary has at its centre Jiro Ono, one of the world’s most well-known and greatest sushi chefs, and has already been brilliantly received by critics on its film festivals tour.

A lovely new clip from the film has surfaced over at Yahoo Movies, entitled ‘Tuna’, in promotion of its theatrical release in the US this past weekend on 9th March.

“The story of 85-year-old Jiro Ono, considered by many to be the world’s greatest sushi chef. He is the proprietor of Sukiyabashi Jiro, a 10-seat, sushi-only restaurant inauspiciously located in a Tokyo subway station. Despite its humble appearances, it is the first restaurant of its kind to be awarded a prestigious 3 star Michelin review, and sushi lovers from around the globe make repeated pilgrimage, calling months in advance and shelling out top dollar for a coveted seat at Jiro’s sushi bar. For most of his life, Jiro has been mastering the art of making sushi, but even at his age he sees himself still striving for perfection, working 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. At the heart of this story is Jiro’s relationship with his eldest son Yoshikazu, the worthy heir to Jiro’s legacy, who is unable to live up to his full potential in his father’s shadow.”

It’s not often I watch any feature-length documentaries, but this is one that I really want to see.

Magnolia Pictures have just released Jiro Dreams of Sushi out in the US, but alas there’s no word yet of when/if it will get a similar UK release. I’d imagine that we’ll have to wait for its DVD/Blu-Ray release later this year – but I will happily wait for it, because it looks fantastic. Something different, by any stretch of the imagination, and quite possibly something brilliant.