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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Himself
Yoshikazu Ono ... Himself
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
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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

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Rated PG for mild thematic elements and brief smoking | See all certifications »
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15 March 2012 (Denmark)  »

Also Known As:

Jiro e l'arte del sushi  »

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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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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

Masuhiro Yamamoto: [describing Jiro's dedication and consistency through the years] The difference between Jiro today and Jiro 40 years ago is only that he stopped smoking. Other than that, nothing has changed.
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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 »

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Off To Market
Composed and Produced by Rye Randa and Jeff Foxworth aka The Ontic
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Alternatingly Indulgent, Bittersweet, Creative and Poignant
21 June 2012 | by See all my reviews

A lingering, sentimental look at the mentality and habits of Jiro Ono, legendary sushi chef and Japanese national treasure. The long, personal chats with Jiro and sons, plus an exhaustive investigation into every aspect of his business, are balanced by an overly generous dose of shallow focal-range, slow-motion food porn. Like many stereotypical wise men of his age and nationality, the old master also has plenty of sharp, stirring wisdom to impart. Though he doesn't come right out and say it, it's easy to see the parallels he hopes you'll draw between his dedication to the kitchen and the nuances of a rewarding life, and my breath caught in my throat on more than one occasion. A great vehicle for deep immersion into a very traditional Japanese culture, this is far deeper and more rewarding than it initially lets on.


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