When Anthony Bourdain was once asked, ‘If you could only eat in one city for the rest of your life, where would that be?’ He answered without hesitation, ‘Tokyo.’ Tokyo is a culinary mecca for a number of reasons, including the incredible breadth, diversity and deliciousness of Japanese cuisine. However, one of the things that makes Tokyo cuisine so special is a dedication to the art and craft of cooking unparalleled anywhere in the world, the pursuit of absolute perfection.

THE PURSUIT OF PERFECTION follows four leading chefs in Japan today as they relentlessly work to pursue their dreams and perfect their cuisine. Takemasa Shinohara of Ginza Shinohara is a renowned chef (and karate champion) dedicated to the tradition of kaiseki cuisine and eating seasonally. Natsuko Shoji of Été is an award-winning pastry chef, who has opened a one-of-a-kind omakase restaurant. Yosuke Suga of Sugalabo is a michelin-starred French chef who worked for Joel Robuchon (and been an Iron Chef), now creating French cuisine with Japanese ingredients and techniques at his exclusive restaurant. And Takaaki Sugita of Nihonbashi-Kakigaracho Sugita is a dedicated sushi chef at one of the best sushi-ya’s in Tokyo.

Presented in the style of CHEF’S TABLE, with mouth-watering photography of unbelievably amazing food, this film is best served with a delicious meal of your choice.

-Anna Page


Online Access

Access Window: November 4, 2021 - November 28, 2021
Passholder Access: All Access, Limited Virtual, Supporter, Hale Virtual Festival, Individual
Only Accessible from: USA

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Film Details

DIRECTOR(S)Toshimichi Saito
PRODUCER(S)Shinnosuke Fukushima, Akihiko Yose
SCREENWRITER(S)Toshimichi Saito

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Film Details

PREMIERE STATUS: Hawai‘i Premiere
YEAR: 2021
RUN TIME: 79 Minutes
LANGUAGE: English, Japanese, Spanish, with English subtitles


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