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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
2 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »

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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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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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,550,508, 19 August 2012
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Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

In the staff lunch scene, an apprentice demonstrates the correct technique for dipping sushi in shoyu (soy sauce). It must be turned upside-down so the shoyu touches only the fish. In high-end sushi restaurants such as Jiro's, the itamae (sushi chef) applies a seasoning to the fish with a brush so the customer doesn't need to use shoyu. See more »

Quotes

Jiro Ono: I do the same thing over and over, improving bit by bit. There is always a yearning to achieve more. I'll continue to climb, trying to reach the top, but no one knows where the top is.
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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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a very simple film about a very simple man
31 March 2012 | by bburnsSee all my reviews

There are no spoilers in this review simply because there is nothing in "Jiro Dreams of Sushi" to spoil. There is no plot as such. It is strictly a portrait of Jiro Ono, the world's greatest sushi-maker. He has no hobbies or interests other than sushi. The only major change in his life in the last 40 years is that he quit smoking. He groomed both his now middle-aged sons (somewhat against their will) to be sushi chefs.

The point of the film seems to be two-fold. The main purpose seems to be to assure Jiro's legions of fans that his elder son Yoshikazu will follow his father's recipes exactingly and will make no changes to the restaurant once Jiro dies. And the secondary purpose is to show the importance of sustainable fishing.

If you're looking for a narrative plot-driven film, you'll be disappointed. But if you are a foodie who likes seeing behind the scenes at a fine restaurant, this is the movie for you. Be warned though: You have to see this in a theater near a sushi restaurant or you'll be disappointed in whatever meal you eat following the film.


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