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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 business in the Ginza Tokio Subway station, 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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509th Review: Oscar Contending Film See more (46 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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Yoshikazu's car is an Audi RS 6 quattro, with all wheel drive and a 5.0 liter V10 twin-turbo engine capable of producing 426 kilowatts (579 PS or 571 bhp).See more »
Quotes:
Yoshikazu Ono:[on one of his fish vendors] His grandfather was known as "the god of sea eel." He was a legend. I've never met him in person, but that's what I've heard.See more »
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37 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
509th Review: Oscar Contending Film, 14 July 2012
Author: intelearts from the big screen

Jiro is not an easy celebration of sushi - it is certainly not simply stunning shots of food on plates - it is rather a more difficult and even challenging film about the complex nature of obsession, perfection, and the discipline and almost OCD behavior that it takes to become the world's best.

Jiro is acknowledged as the world's best - his restaurant in a pass in an underground station in Tokyo sits 9 people at a time, has to be booked at least a month in advance, and costs the best part of a week's wages. Yet no-one would hesitate - this is, as Michelin recognizes, worth a trip to Japan just to go and eat there.

The film succeeds as it is itself a near perfect reflection of the same ethos - it becomes apparent very quickly that this is not sentimental romantic filming - it chooses to avoid rich color, and in the editing and, in particular, the composition of the shots is singularly well-thought through. Many shots are based on the golden mean, and placed exactly two-thirds to the right of frame - and there is throughout a sense of real thought and balance. The Peter Greenaway-like score add to the general sense of rhythm and balance here.

The documentary itself is particular and peculiar - it is not in itself a documentary that embellishes - it focuses on Jiro, his sons, their suppliers, the apprentices, the produce, and the product - but we always feel that there are more stories untold than told here - Jiro is not, in the main, likable - but he is totally and utterly committed and passionate to the point of coldness about his process - in a way that few are anymore - and in this sense the film is also more an elegy than a eulogy - Jiro's work ethic is gone forever even now - who wants to work 16 hours a day for 75 years anymore?

We are watching the recording of extinction, and it is still beautiful. So we end up with a stark yet beautiful film that both records the passing of greatness and questions it. It is certainly one of the best documentaries of 2012.

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