Friday, March 2, 2012

Sushi Films

Here's some information about two recent films about sushi...

1. Sushi: The Global Catch

Announcement via EASIANTH:

In this meticulously researched documentary, filmmaker Mark Hall traces the origins of sushi in Japan to its status today as a cuisine that has spawned a lucrative worldwide industry. This explosion in demand for sushi over the past 30 years has brought with it problems of its own, as fish stocks have steadily depleted, threatening the balance of the ocean’s ecosystems.

Through extensive interviews with prominent industry representatives and environmental activists, Hall carefully presents the various solutions being proposed to the vexing issue of overfishing. Winner of the Special Jury Prize at the 2011 Seattle International Film Festival, Sushi: The Global Catch raises some pressing questions that all sushi lovers should seek to address.



Sushi: The Global Catch - Trailer from Sakana Films on Vimeo.

2. The Story Of Sushi

From "The Story Of Sushi, Short Film Made Entirely From Hand-Crafted Miniatures, Warns Of The Dangers Of The Fish Industry" at Huffington Post.

The Story Of Sushi, a short film created for Bamboo Sushi restaurant in Portland, Oregon, has a pretty depressing take on the state of the world's sushi. The four minute film dives into issues of sustainability and overfishing, and is worth watching if you need a primer on how fishing works (or if you want to get really sad).

Beyond the learning component, though, the real reason to watch this clip is because of the amazing hand-crafted miniatures. In fact, the film took seven months to complete. That's pretty painstaking work -- and definitely worth four minutes of your time.


The Story of Sushi from Bamboo Sushi on Vimeo.

1 comment:

Michael Broderick said...

I look forward to seeing both of these, and another, Jiro Dreams of Sushi, also looks incredible:

"JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI is 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"