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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?


Ideally, the components of sushi should be served at two different temperatures. The rice should be body temperature for best rolling and pressing qualities, and the topping (usually fish) should be room temperature for best flavor. The apprentice preparing the rice places it in an insulated container to keep it at the correct temperature. See more »


Jiro Ono: Once you decide on your occupation... you must immerse yourself in your work. You have to fall in love with your work. Never complain about your job. You must dedicate your life to mastering your skill. That's the secret of success... and is the key to being regarded honorably.
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Crazy Credits

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


Referenced in Orange Is the New Black: WAC Pack (2013) See more »


Off To Market
Composed and Produced by Rye Randa and Jeff Foxworth aka The Ontic
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12 March 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was thoroughly charmed by the film. When I read the synopsis, I thought I would be bored to tears. But it's a lovely, poignant, challenging documentary about excellence, discipline, vocational call, tenacity. The film challenged me to think about my own persistence, an ongoing striving to improve and grow, doing work for the love of it and much less so for the financial gain. the documentary highlights the ability to succeed after incredible hardship, and some would say, cruelty. The cinematography was elegant, the music varied and interesting, the precision of the art of making sushi, the rigor and discipline to do it well, the requirement to be surrounded by others who always want to excel. A wonderful film and I'll see it again...and again. It even made me want to eat sushi...which I never do.

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