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Everything You Need to Know About the Film That Inspired “Juan Likes Rice & Chicken”

Watch Documentary Now!'s tribute to Jiro Dreams of Sushi right now on IFC.com, the IFC app and Apple TV.

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This week Documentary Now! tells the tasty tale of a humble Colombian restaurant renowned for its chicken and rice dish and the father/son dynamics that ensue.

Before you watch “Juan Likes Rice & Chicken,” grab some chopsticks and wasabi and bone up on the acclaimed 2011 documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi, the inspiration behind the latest masterpiece from Documentary Now!.

Meet Jiro, Subway Sushi Master

Jiro Dreams of Sushi follows 85-year-old Jiro Ono, an acclaimed master sushi chef who has devoted every waking moment to perfecting his culinary skills. Universally regarded as the greatest sushi chef in the world, Jiro earned the rare and coveted Three-Star Michelin Rating for his restaurant Sukiyabashi Jiro — not too shabby for a 10-seat sushi joint in a Tokyo subway station.

Attention to Detail

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Director David Gelb originally planned to make a film focusing on multiple sushi chefs, but Jiro’s attention to detail (he travels great distances to select the perfect fish) made him a compelling subject. Throughout the documentary, Jiro is shown to be very exacting in his cooking methods. Before they can touch the sushi, Jiro’s apprentices must learn how to properly hand squeeze the hot towels given to customers before their meals. You don’t see that kind of training at Applebee’s.

Like Father, Like Son

Jiro Juan

Jiro Dreams of Sushi explores the sushi apprenticeship of Jiro’s two sons, Yoshikazu and Takashi, and the pressure they’ve experienced having been born under the shadow of a man who is basically the Anthony Bourdain of sashimi. Elder brother Yoshikazu works alongside his father in the restaurant with the hopes that he will someday inherit Jiro’s business. Takashi, on the other hand, decides to cut Jiro’s apron strings and opens a sushi restaurant of his own. Needless to say, Jiro isn’t impressed.

Critical Acclaim

Jiro’s cuisine earns raves from food critics like Yamamoto, a Japanese guidebook writer who appears throughout the documentary. Yamamoto professes to being nervous every time he tries Jiro’s sushi (the chef’s constant stern expression might have something to do with it), and claims that master chefs around the world praise Jiro for the simplicity of his cuisine.

Foodie Docs Unleashed

Jiro Dreams of Sushi triggered a flood of similar docs (like the wine snob favorite Somm) that your foodie friends can’t stop asking you if you’ve seen. (Gelb returned to the kitchen with the Netflix series Chef’s Table, which looks at the world’s top chefs behind closed kitchen doors.) Like Jiro, this new crop of “food porn” is brimming with loving, slow-motion sequences of food being prepared. Don’t watch on an empty stomach!

Watch “Juan Likes Rice & Chicken” anytime on IFC.com, the IFC app and Apple TV.

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Inauguration Alternative

Bill Murray On Repeat

It's a movie "Murray-thon" all-day Friday on IFC.

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Democrats, Republicans and Millennials agree: 2017 is shaping up to be a spectacle — a spectacle that really kicks into high gear this Friday with the presidential inauguration. Not only will the new POTUS swear in, but all the Country’s highest offices will be filled. It’s a daunting prospect, and to feel a little anxious about it is only normal. But if your anxiety is snowballing into panic, we have a solution:
Bill Murray.

He’s the human embodiment of a mental “Happy Place”, and there’s really no problem he can’t solve. So, with that in mind, how about we all set aside reality for a moment and let Bill take the pain away by imagining a top-shelf White House cabinet filled exclusively by his signature characters. Here are a few hypothetical appointments for your consideration…

Secretary of Defense:
Bill Murray from Stripes

His incompetence is balanced by charm, and dumb luck is inexplicably on his side. America could do worse.

Secretary of State:
Bill Murray from Lost In Translation

A seasoned globetrotter steeped in regional traditions who has the respect of the whole wide world. And he kills Costello in karaoke, which is very important.

Press Secretary:
Bill Murray from Ghostbusters

“Cats and dogs, living together. Mass hysteria.” Dude knows how to brief a room.

Secretary of Health and Human Services:
Bill Murray from What About Bob.

A doctor-approved people person who knows that progress is measured in baby steps.

Secretary of Energy:
Bill Murray from Groundhog Day

Let’s be honest, this world is going to need a lot of do-overs.

Feeling better? Hold on to that bliss. And enjoy a healthy alternative to the inauguration brouhaha with multiple Murrays all Friday long in an IFC movie marathon including Kingpin, Zombieland, Ghostbusters, and Ghostbusters II.

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Home Run

Hank Azaria Gets Thrown A Curve Ball

Brockmire Premieres April 5 at 10P

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Unless you’ve somehow missed every episode of the Simpsons since 1989, then surely you know that Hank Azaria is one of the most important character actors of our time. He’s so prolific and his voice is so dynamic that he’s responsible for more iconic personalities than most folks realize. Basically, he’s the great and powerful Oz — except that when you pull back the curtain the truth is actually more impressive. And now Hank is coming to IFC to bring yet another character to the TV pop culture hive mind in the new series Brockmire. Check out the trailer below.

Based on the following Funny or Die short and co-starring Amanda Peet, Brockmire follows the story of imploded major league sportscaster Jim Brockmire as he tries to resurrect his career by calling plays for a floundering minor league team in a podunk town.

The series is written by Joel Church-Cooper (Undateable) and produced by Funny or Die’s Mike Farah and Joe Farrell, meaning that there’s funny in front of the camera, funny behind the camera–funny all around. Sounds like a ball to us.

Brockmire premieres April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Car Notes

Portlandia On People Who Can’t Park

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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If flagrant bad parking takes nerve, then retaliatory note writing takes neuroses. Watch Fred and Carrie take passive aggression to next level in Car Notes, the new Portlandia web series presented by Subaru. The first episode is yours right here and now, and you can see every installment of Car Notes anytime online, on the IFC app and on demand.

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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