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February 21, 2019

5 movies to get you in a sushi mood

Alyssa James

Earlier this week, we got our hands dirty with our first sushi making masterclass. We were dazzled as the chef demonstrated making three types of sushi. Then, we had a turn! With three sheets of nori, we made the sushi of our choice. Next came the best part – chowing down on our creations. We’re still on a high from rolling up our sleeves, and put together a list of the best flicks to cosy up with this weekend to get in the sushi spirit. Cosy up on your couch and get ready to watch one of these mouth-watering films — you might want to have your favourite London sushi spot on speed dial.

Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011)

Follow Jiro Ono, owner of the Sukiyabashi Jiro, a tiny sushi restaurant hidden in a Tokyo subway station in the Ginza shopping district. You’ll love watching this film because it’s all about the details: from the flawless dance of knives, rice and fresh fish to Jiro’s choice in soy sauce. He only uses handmade soy sauce from Kyoto Prefecture, a favourite for its fine flavours and smooth texture.

True Confessions of a Sushi Addict (1999)

Sushi addiction: it’s not the worst thing that could happen… or is it? Watch Tina, a young woman who – you guessed it – gets addicted to sushi, after enjoying it for the first time on a date. Although the date doesn’t lead anywhere, it gets so intense that she maxes out her credit cards and goes broke, just for another taste of the Japanese delicacy. After this short film, you’ll probably find yourself wanting a taste of the Japanese delicacy that elicits such raw passion, if you get the (Tokyo) drift.

Isle of Dogs (2018)

Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs is set in a futuristic Japanese city that has outlawed dogs – the horror. But for the sushi-lovers among us, hold out for the stunning 45-second sushi scene near the end of the film. You get to see the hands of a Japanese sushi chef (apparently based on one of Anderson’s favourite sushi chefs) slicing, rolling, and wrapping sushi. It’s so transfixing, you can almost taste the scene, making the six months it took to film it totally worthwhile.

East Side Sushi (2014)

In Japan, becoming an itamae (sushi master) requires years of training — for non-Japanese the title is even harder to earn. East Side Sushi is about more than sushi; at the heart of the film is Juana, the single mom who battles against sexism and racial prejudice to follow her dream of becoming a sushi chef. Fan of fusion food? Then you’ll definitely want to try Juana’s Green Diablo Roll — it substitutes a poblano pepper with seaweed, if you can manage to reach through your screen for a bite.

Monsters, Inc. (2001)

If you’re not a fan of Pixar, you will be with this one. Sulley and Mike work at Monsters, Inc., a company that uses the fear of human children to generate power for their city. Mike takes his love interest Celia (also a monster) to Harryhausen’s Sushi Restaurant on a date where employees shout: :Get a paper bag!’ whenever someone walks through the door. It’s a reference to the custom of shouting ‘Irasshaimase!’ to greet guests at restaurants in Japan.

Our sushi making event took place on Monday February 18th at The Collective Old Oak, exclusive to members of The Collective. 

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