Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011)

PG  |   |  Documentary  |  15 March 2012 (Denmark)
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A documentary on 85-year-old sushi master Jiro Ono, his renowned Tokyo restaurant, and his relationship with his son and eventual heir, Yoshikazu.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Masuhiro Yamamoto ...
Daisuke Nakazama ...
Hachiro Mizutani ...
Harutaki Takahashi ...
Hiroki Fujita ...
Tsunenori Ida ...
Toichiro Iida ...
Akihiro Oyama ...
Shizuo Oyama ...
Hiroshi Okuda ...
Yukio Watanabe ...
Kazunori Kumakawa ...
Kazuo Fukaya ...
Syozo Someya ...
Hiromichi Honda ...


In the basement of a Tokyo office building, 85 year old sushi master Jiro Ono works tirelessly in his world renowned restaurant, Sukiyabashi Jiro. As his son Yoshikazu faces the pressures of stepping into his father's shoes and taking over the legendary restaurant, Jiro relentlessly pursues his lifelong quest to create the perfect piece of sushi. Written by anonymous

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Plot Keywords:

sushi | master | food | tuna | fish market | See All (22) »



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild thematic elements and brief smoking | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

15 March 2012 (Denmark)  »

Also Known As:

Jiro e l'arte del sushi  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$42,035 (USA) (9 March 2012)


$2,550,508 (USA) (17 August 2012)

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the staff lunch scene, an apprentice demonstrates the correct technique for dipping sushi in shoyu (soy sauce). It must be turned upside-down so the shoyu touches only the fish. In high-end sushi restaurants such as Jiro's, the itamae (sushi chef) applies a seasoning to the fish with a brush so the customer doesn't need to use shoyu. See more »


Masuhiro Yamamoto: [describing Jiro's dedication and consistency through the years] The difference between Jiro today and Jiro 40 years ago is only that he stopped smoking. Other than that, nothing has changed.
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Crazy Credits

In the Special Thanks section, "The Tsukiji Fish Market" is listed twice. See more »


Edited into Independent Lens: Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2013) See more »


Off To Market
Composed and Produced by Rye Randa and Jeff Foxworth aka The Ontic
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User Reviews

A movie about food, with a story that would inspire all.
15 March 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a movie about food, but it's much deeper in its story and content. I was truly inspired by a man's pursuit of perfection, the dedications of the understudies, the family dynamic between father and son, and the cultural beauty of Japanese crafts. Yes there are shots of "food porn" woven in, but the movie is charming and much deeper than slow-motion food shots (not that I'm complaining, some shots are stunning).

The young director has good command of the camera, and drives the movie through interviews. People in the theater were applauding at the end. I can't wait to get the DVD.

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