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Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011)

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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) »



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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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Did You Know?


The word "sushi" refers to the way the rice is prepared, not the fish or other toppings. Sushi rice is prepared with a mixture of vinegar, sugar, salt, and occasionally kombu (a type of seaweed) and sake (rice liquor.) See more »


Shrimp Dealer: These days the first thing people want is an easy job. Then, they want lots of free time. And then, they want lots of money. But they aren't thinking of building their skills. When you work at a place like Jiro's, you are committing to a trade for life.
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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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a very simple film about a very simple man
31 March 2012 | by (Austin, Texas) – See all my reviews

There are no spoilers in this review simply because there is nothing in "Jiro Dreams of Sushi" to spoil. There is no plot as such. It is strictly a portrait of Jiro Ono, the world's greatest sushi-maker. He has no hobbies or interests other than sushi. The only major change in his life in the last 40 years is that he quit smoking. He groomed both his now middle-aged sons (somewhat against their will) to be sushi chefs.

The point of the film seems to be two-fold. The main purpose seems to be to assure Jiro's legions of fans that his elder son Yoshikazu will follow his father's recipes exactingly and will make no changes to the restaurant once Jiro dies. And the secondary purpose is to show the importance of sustainable fishing.

If you're looking for a narrative plot-driven film, you'll be disappointed. But if you are a foodie who likes seeing behind the scenes at a fine restaurant, this is the movie for you. Be warned though: You have to see this in a theater near a sushi restaurant or you'll be disappointed in whatever meal you eat following the film.

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