Sushi: The Global Catch

Directed by Mark Hall

Synopsis

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

Film Info

Release Year: 2011
Running Time: 75
Color Type: Color
Country: Australia, Japan, Poland, U.S.
Language: English

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

Crew

  • Directed by Mark Hall
  • Produced by Mark Hall

Reviews

"A solid primer that augments exposition with a powerful sensual streak" - Hollywood Reporter

"The film's arguments about sustainability are convincing and hard to shake. And, the movie suggests, you - the sushi eater - can help: Crave it and enjoy it, but eat sushi responsibly." - The New York Times

"The Global Catch may be one-sided in its argument, but it's a persuasive one -- and the next time you eat sushi, you may think twice about ordering bluefin." - NPR

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Photos

  • Preparing tuna for shipment at Port Lincoln, Australia.
    • Marcin Korzeniewski, sushi chef at Tokyo Sushi Bar in Lodz, Poland
        • Mamoru Sugiyama and staff at Sushiko Restaurant in Tokyo
          • Breaking down tuna
            • Harvesting Blue-fin Tuna at Spencer Gulf off the coast of Port Lincoln, Australia