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  • Summary: Sushi, a cuisine formerly found only in Japan, has grown exponentially in other nations, and an industry has been created to support it. In a rush to please a hungry public, the expensive delicacy has become common and affordable, appearing in restaurants, supermarkets and even fast food trailers. The traditions requiring 7 years of apprenticeship in Japan have given way to quick training and mass-manufactured solutions elsewhere. This hunger for sushi has led to the depletion of apex predators in the ocean, including bluefin tuna, to such a degree that it has the potential to upset the ecological balance of the world’s oceans, leading to a collapse of all fish species. (Kino Lorber) Collapse
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  1. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Aug 2, 2012
    Any bona fide sushi fan stands to benefit from the general wake up call that "The Global Catch" provides in ample doses.
  2. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Aug 5, 2012
    A solid primer that augments exposition with a powerful sensual streak, Mark Hall's Sushi: The Global Catch aims to be a comprehensive look at the raw-fish phenomenon.
  3. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Aug 5, 2012
    Sushi: The Global Catch offers an intriguing mix of history, process and state-of-the-fish reports, advocating a reversal of the world's assault on bluefin tuna fisheries and a short course on the alternatives.
  4. Reviewed by: Michael Nordine
    Jul 31, 2012
    This kaleidoscopic meticulousness proves comprehensive without ever feeling tedious, an especially impressive feat considering how quickly it becomes message-oriented.
  5. Reviewed by: Rachel Saltz
    Aug 2, 2012
    As storytelling, "The Global Catch" often falls short. It has too much to cover to be comprehensive and can seem a bit random. As a consciousness raiser, the film fares much better.
  6. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Aug 2, 2012
    Unlike most issue-oriented documentaries about the abundant idiocy of the human species and the imminent demise of our planet, Mark S. Hall's Sushi: The Global Catch offers foodies and sushi buffs a refreshing palate-cleanser before the parade of experts and the dire news reports.
  7. Reviewed by: Chuck Bowen
    Jul 31, 2012
    The documentary is ultimately a dry endeavor that feels closer in spirit to an Afterschool Special than a full-blooded movie.

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  1. Oct 5, 2014
    First 30 Minutes are great. A fascinating background of the global fish trade is provided with plenty of insight, complete with industry experts at all levels. Then, the movie sharply and suddenly turns into an hour-long environmentalist propaganda campaign. The organization Greenpeace is painted in a glowy light, with disregard for their illegal activities. A lot of unqualified statements are made about the fishing industry and the movie concludes with an advertisement for a "sustainable" sushi restaurant in Southern California.

    I felt a bit insulted after finishing this film.

    If you would like a guilt-free documentary that provides insight into the history, art, and practice of creating sushi, check out Jiro Dreams of Sushi, currently available on Netflix.