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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
3 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »

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

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 »

Quotes

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... there are people like me who change. I thought that would be a good lesson to teach. But if I said that bad kids can succeed later on like I did... all the...
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Crazy Credits

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

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

Soundtracks

Piano Concerto No. 21 - Adante
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performed by The Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Alfred Brendel and Sir Neville Marriner
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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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Country:

USA

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

15 March 2012 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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