Jiro Dreams of Sushi

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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about the film:

JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI is the story of 85 year-old Jiro Ono, considered by many to be the world's greatest sushi chef. He is the proprietor of Sukiyabashi Jiro, a 10-seat, sushi-only restaurant inauspiciously located in a Tokyo subway station.

  • Director David Gelb
  • Editor Brandon Driscoll-Luttringer
  • Executive Producers Ross M. Dinerstein, Joey Carey, Chris Kelly, Jeffrey Norman, Stefan Nowicki, Ed Ojdana, Matt Weaver
  • Producers Kevin Iwashina, Tom Pellegrini

Languages: Japanese with English subtitles

Genre: Documentary

Running time: 81 minutes

DOCUMENTARY FILM - 2011

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It’s torture to watch Jiro Dreams of Sushi — if you are on an empty stomach. David Gelb’s documentary on Jiro Ono, the 85-year-old sushi chef whose Tokyo restaurant received three Michelin stars is a paean to perfectionism and crafty bit of food porn.

- The Hollywood Reporter

Gelb clevery shapes Jiro’s story into an Ozu-like meditation on duty, destiny and legacy, and has a good ear for background music (mostly Philip Glass) and revealing anecdotes. Your mouth and mind will water uncontrollably. 

- The Telegraph UK

The details are delectable in"Jiro Dreams of Sushi,"such as the time taken to properly massage an octopus before boiling (30 to 40 minutes) or the aspects of Jiro's calling that drive him each day (his goal, always, he says, is to "be regarded honorably").

- The Chicago Tribune