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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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David Gelb
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jiro Ono ... Himself
Yoshikazu Ono Yoshikazu Ono ... Himself
Masuhiro Yamamoto Masuhiro Yamamoto ... Himself
Daisuke Nakazama Daisuke Nakazama ... Himself
Hachiro Mizutani Hachiro Mizutani ... Himself
Harutaki Takahashi Harutaki Takahashi ... Himself
Hiroki Fujita Hiroki Fujita ... Himself
Tsunenori Ida Tsunenori Ida ... Himself
Toichiro Iida Toichiro Iida ... Himself
Akihiro Oyama Akihiro Oyama ... Himself
Shizuo Oyama Shizuo Oyama ... Himself
Hiroshi Okuda Hiroshi Okuda ... Himself
Yukio Watanabe Yukio Watanabe ... Himself
Kazunori Kumakawa Kazunori Kumakawa ... Himself
Kazuo Fukaya Kazuo Fukaya ... Himself
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Storyline

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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Documentary

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild thematic elements and brief smoking | See all certifications »
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Official Facebook | Official site | See more »

Country:

USA

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

15 March 2012 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Jiro e l'arte del sushi See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$42,035, 11 March 2012

Gross USA:

$2,552,478

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,692,864
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

It is perfectly acceptable to eat sushi with one's fingers. Many of the guests at Jiro Ono's restaurant eat with their fingers. See more »

Quotes

Jiro Ono: When I was in first grade, I was told "You have no home to go back to. That's why you have to work hard." I knew that I was on my own. And I didn't want to have to sleep at the temple or under a bridge so I had to work just to survive. That has never left me. I worked even if the boss kicked or slapped me. Nowadays, parents tell their children, "You can return if it doesn't work out." When parents say stupid things like that, the kids turn out to be failures.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Spoofed in Documentary Now!: Juan Likes Rice and Chicken (2016) See more »

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Off To Market
Composed and Produced by Rye Randa and Jeff Foxworth aka The Ontic
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You'll dream of Jiro.
7 April 2012 | by jdesandoSee all my reviews

Sushi lovers will be hypnotized by the 85 year old subject of the documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi. Jiro has spent his life seeking perfection in sushi preparation, and Michelin agrees that he has come close by awarding him three stars, unprecedented for an octogenarian.

Jiro's restaurant Sukiyabashi Jiro in a Tokyo office building basement has reservations available a month away. He and his heir, Yoshikazu labor all day to buy the best raw fish at the market and sell the best sushi. Nothing less.

The film does a good job tracking the preparation, from picking one out of ten fish at any time to delicately shaping tuna around rice or massaging octopi for 20 minutes before preparation. Buying the best rice is another ritual that has its own rules, and Jiro rules.

Although the documentary can be repetitious, moments of beauty accompany the process such as likening serving sushi to a concert with different moods and tempos.

It might be best to see this film on a full stomach. Otherwise you'll be racing to the nearest Asian bistro. Not a bad thing.


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