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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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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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1 win & 7 nominations See more »
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Respectful Tribute to a Sushi Master's Unwavering Quest for Perfection 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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Trivia:
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 »
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Jiro Ono:When I was in school... I was a bad kid. Later, when I was invited to give a talk at the school, I wasn't sure if I should tell the kids that they should study hard... or that it is okay to be a rebel. I wasn't sure what advice to give the kids. Studying hard doesn't guarantee you will become a respectable person. Even if you're a bad kid...See more »
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15 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Respectful Tribute to a Sushi Master's Unwavering Quest for Perfection, 2 April 2012
Author: Ed Uyeshima from San Francisco, CA, USA

Located in a downtown Tokyo subway station, Sukiyabashi Jiro is an inconspicuous subterranean restaurant with just ten counter seats, yet it has the distinction of being the only sushi restaurant with a three-star Michelin rating. David Gelb's meticulously produced 2012 documentary tells the story of Jiro Ono, an octogenarian perfectionist whose constant striving for culinary transcendence has made him legendary among epicureans in the know. He loves his job, as he readily admits upfront, and while a model of stoic diligence and invariable routine, Ono does show his adoration in unexpected ways that manifest themselves through the unassuming pride he takes in his work. He even imagines new sushi creations in his sleep, thus the title. Such an unwavering quest does take its toll on his two sons who must find their way out of his shadow.

His younger son Takashi managed to escape the constant glare of his father by running his own premium sushi restaurant in the Roppongi Hills area of Tokyo, one that doesn't bother to compete with his father's. His older son Yoshikazu, however, bears the burden of the family legacy as the one to carry on his father's standards after he retires. Over fifty and still an apprentice, Yoshikazu patiently waits for his turn at running the flagship restaurant foregoing earlier dreams of becoming a race car driver. Since his father suffered a heart attack at seventy, he has taken over the critical task of getting the best fish possible at the world-renowned Tsukiji fish market. Gelb does a particularly nice job of showing the hurly-burly atmosphere of the pre-dawn tuna auctions and the lives of the men running the tiny stalls selling fresh seafood of all kinds. Perhaps by design, the film is comparatively more opaque in having us understand the genesis of the elder Ono's drive toward perfection.

While one contributing factor was the absence of Ono's father's absence, it is unclear who actually did influence him to become a sushi chef. There is also hardly a mention of the chef's wife, even though there is an extended passage of a reunion with his childhood pals who characterize him as something of a bully. Interviews with former co-workers shed some light onto the chef's stoicism. In fact, one of Japan's better known food critics admits to being intimidated by patronizing Ono's sushi bar due to the master's overwhelming artistry and attention to detail. Toward that end, I would have liked to have seen more scenes focused on the actual preparation of the sushi rather than simply admiring them on the counter once they are finished. Still, this is a unique look into a man who has not gone gentle into the good night in his quest for the perfect piece of sushi.

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Best sushi restaurant by western standards.... jerry4444
Takashi not in credits? ggrosz
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