Page 1 of 3
It's probably best not to watch this documentary while hungry....
Docurama / 75 Minutes / 2011 / Unrated / Street Date: August 6, 2013
There’s a sense of impending doom to Sushi: The Global Catch. Mark Hall’s acclaimed documentary definitely spends many of its minutes making us salivate over some of the more delicious treats our oceans have to offer us, but the administration of getting little fishies onto plates in restaurants is not a sustainable entity – an argument proposed by the movie is that if it’s not reinvented from the ground up soon, it won’t be around for long.
This is not to say that Sushi: The Global Catch is a bummer. Its earlier moments are more easily enjoyable than its later ones, but this encompassing view into both what it takes to put these exotic, elaborate dishes together and how ingredients and knowhow is transferred around the world ends up making quite a case for itself. Tonally, it meanders, but when it hits its bullet-points, it does so aptly.
What Sushi: The Global Catch needs is a hook, a vantage point from which to investigate its subjects. The obvious documentary reference the movie brings to mind is Jiro Dreams of Sushi, a movie just as much about delicacy as it is about obsession and the human drive for perfection. There’s nothing in Sushi: The Global Catch that is ignoble or dispassionate, but there’s no fire its belly, and with its frequent warnings of dire consequences for the world of fish in the next one hundred years, there ought to be.