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Jiro Dreams of Sushi -- A documentary on 85-year-old sushi master Jiro Ono, his business in the basement of a Tokyo office building, and his relationship with his son and eventual heir, Sukiyabashi.

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15 March 2012 (Denmark) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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A Nutshell Review: Jiro Dreams of Sushi See more (47 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Masuhiro Yamamoto ... Himself
Daisuke Nakazama ... Himself
Hachiro Mizutani ... Himself
Harutaki Takahashi ... Himself
Hiroki Fujita ... Himself
Tsunenori Ida ... Himself
Toichiro Iida ... Himself
Akihiro Oyama ... Himself
Shizuo Oyama ... Himself
Hiroshi Okuda ... Himself
Yukio Watanabe ... Himself
Kazunori Kumakawa ... Himself
Kazuo Fukaya ... Himself
Syozo Someya ... Himself
Hiromichi Honda ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jiro Ono ... Himself
Yoshikazu Ono ... Himself

Directed by
David Gelb 
 
Produced by
Jacob Aronson .... consulting producer
Joey Carey .... executive producer
Ross M. Dinerstein .... executive producer
Kevin Iwashina .... producer
Chris Kelly .... executive producer
Jeffrey C. Norman .... executive producer
Stefan Nowicki .... executive producer
Ed Ojdana .... executive producer
Tom Pellegrini .... producer
Scott Prisand .... co-executive producer
Jeremy Umland .... co-executive producer
Matt Weaver .... executive producer
 
Cinematography by
David Gelb 
 
Film Editing by
Brandon Driscoll-Luttringer 
 
Production Management
Gina Amador .... post-production supervisor
 
Sound Department
Darlene Gorzela .... additional sound
Laura Harley .... post-production sound coordinator
Tim Hoogenakker .... dialogue editor
Tim Hoogenakker .... sound re-recording mixer
Chris Johnston .... foley mixer
Dawn Redmann .... post-production sound coordinator
Anthony Vanchure .... foley artist
Anthony Vanchure .... sound editor
Darren 'Sunny' Warkentin .... supervising sound editor
Robert Weiss .... sound editor
 
Visual Effects by
Peter Sauvey .... visual effects (as Peter Sauvy)
 
Editorial Department
Evans Butterworth .... digital intermediate account executive
Brandon Driscoll-Luttringer .... color correction
David B. Guthrie .... assistant editor (as David Guthrie)
Steve Hernandez .... digital intermediate producer
Eliot Milbourn .... digital intermediate colorist
Mathieu Reid .... color timer
 
Music Department
Jeff Foxworth .... composer: additional music
The Ontic .... composer: additional music
Rye Randa .... composer: additional music
David Rich .... music clearances
Janet Billig Rich .... music clearances
 
Other crew
Christopher Berdine .... title designer
Cole Dabney .... social media & marketing
Elsa Ramo .... financial legal services
 
Thanks
Lon Bender .... special thanks
Steve Drypolcher .... special thanks
 

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Rated PG for mild thematic elements and brief smoking
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81 min
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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 »
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Hiroki Fujita:I either buy my first choice, or I buy nothing. If ten tuna are for sale, only one can be the best. I buy that one.See more »
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15 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
A Nutshell Review: Jiro Dreams of Sushi, 26 July 2012
Author: DICK STEEL from Singapore

I never am quite the foodie, and never cared too much about Michelin Guide rated restaurants around the world. But Jiro Dreams of Sushi has made me think twice, that in my lifetime I just might afford that 30000 Yen meal prepared by one of the best, if not THE best sushi master around, and his team comprising of his eldest son and apprentices who relentlessly work at perfecting and continuously improving upon their skills and gastronomical offering in the humble looking food blessed with delicious flavours. And there's not much of a secret to their success, other than using nothing but the finest and freshest of ingredients, backed by an uncompromising philosophy of hard work and consistency.

Jiro Dreams of Sushi is like a biographical film, and more. It chronicles the humble beginnings of chef Jiro Ono, recognized as a national treasure in Japan for his bringing of honor to Japanese cuisine, and peers into his professional work ethics that defines a perfectionist. And these lessons learnt apply to more than just sushi preparation and presentation, but are sound lessons not only about wanting to do well, but to excel in what one does. It boils down to pride in one's work, and reminds of how one should be chasing excellence and not success, since the latter is something that will automatically follow once the former is achieved.

And success is something that Jiro's Sukiyabashi Jiro restaurant in Ginza, Tokyo has garnered with its Michelin Guide Three Stars rating, but the chef is hardly stopping at being satisfied with that. There are plenty of interview segments that has the master providing anecdotes that nullifies the usually stern looking demeanour he has when wanting to do the best for his diners. With only ten seats in his shop, it's little wonder about the attention that's being paid to the idiosyncrasies of each diner, with little unsaid touches that make the experience unique and unforgettable, though some may say it's kinda stressful to be eating there.

But make no mistake, the experience is something one should be looking at, and David Gelb's film is like a walking menu of some of the best on offer at the restaurant. The cinematography here is simply astounding and beautiful, adding a dimension to the individual, intricately prepared sushi pieces up close, that you can almost smell and taste what it may have smelled and tasted like. And that's not all, with Gelb being very conscious at painting a very romantic, rhythmic pace for the restaurant interior, and the chefs and apprentices in slow motion was pure poetry, akin to the need to slow down when dining at Sukiyabashi Jiro in order to savour the food, and to take in the experience completely. Watching the film on an empty stomach, is like playing with fire and seeking to be gastronomically tempted.

To balance what would be talking heads, Gelb's documentary ventures out to catch glimpses of Jiro Ono outside of the restaurant in his rare days off, with celebration and recognition of those who had made him successful. The almost still shot of his entire team flanking him, brought nothing less than the majestic, clockwork effort everyone chips in, with screen time also devoted to key suppliers (and reason enough to venture into the auctions at the famed Tsukiji Fish Market), whom Jiro has to trust to make decisions on purchasing, pricing, stocking and delivering nothing but the best, from the fish, right down to the rice. Experts in their own field, you cannot help but to feel a sense of professional politeness amongst their interaction, and think it's a Japanese thing, but it's true that one should not forget those who had helped in any way in one's ascension to success. Yet another lesson learnt with some subtlety.

The best though, came out of the blue. Jiro Dreams of Sushi is really an exercise into continuity, and the leaving behind of a legacy with the hopes in an Asian context that one's descendants continue with the good work and goodwill already established, to see something so painstakingly created, and sustained, having a life of its own. Gelb's film dedicates a good portion of the film to Jiro Ono's two sons, one who's running the branch at Roppongi Hills (and a Michelin Guide Two Stars, no less), and the elder one at the Ginza outlet, according to tradition, who will inherit the main venue when the inevitable happens. Talk about pressure, and the long shadow that would be cast for one to try and get out of. And there's a surprise installed that provided something of a sucker punch, that affirms Sukiyabashi Jiro, is under fine hands indeed.

It takes more than a decade to learn the ropes, and many more years of hard work and dedication, which to Jiro Ono is a never ending journey of improvement, to become a sushi master, and Gelb's film masterfully captures key aspects of this profession of dedication, with lessons in life never sounding preachy at any point. With good food and well placed humour, Jiro Dreams of Sushi more than deserves a five star film rating, and is definitely one of the best I've seen this year. Now to put some money aside so that the next trip to Tokyo can bring me either to the Roppongi or Ginza outlets.

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