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Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2012)



Critic Consensus: Beautiful, thoughtful, and engrossing, Jiro Dreams of Sushi should prove satisfying even for filmgoers who don't care for the cuisine.

Movie Info

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. Despite its humble appearances, it is the first restaurant of its kind to be awarded a prestigious 3 star Michelin review, and sushi lovers from around the globe make repeated pilgrimage, calling months in advance and shelling out top dollar for a coveted … More

Rating: PG (for mild thematic elements and brief smoking)
Genre: Documentary , Art House & International , Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: David Gelb
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 24, 2012
Box Office: $2.6M
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as Jiro Ono

as Yoshikazu Ono

as Takashi Ono

as Hachiro Mizutani

as Masuhiro Yamamoto

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Critic Reviews for Jiro Dreams of Sushi

All Critics (88) | Top Critics (29)

The exquisite nigiri slices gleam with freshness, and you do learn about the component parts to the perfect serving of sea eel or gizzard shad.

Full Review… | January 8, 2013
Time Out
Top Critic

It's torture to watch Jiro Dreams of Sushi -- if you are on an empty stomach.

Full Review… | January 7, 2013
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Ono may be the center of this universe, but the real star of the film is the sushi, and the exquisite yet frustrating beauty with which the camera has captured it.

Full Review… | June 17, 2013
Film Comment Magazine

Gelb also provides an education on the different kinds of sushi, the purveyors of premium fish and rice, and overfishing. But it's his lyrical, lovingly photographed scenes of preparation that elevates the documentary to a work of art.

Full Review… | April 21, 2013

Subtitled docu about sushi chef inspires and enlightens.

Full Review… | March 22, 2013
Common Sense Media

You may not dream of sushi, but don't watch this on an empty stomach.

Full Review… | February 4, 2013

Audience Reviews for Jiro Dreams of Sushi

If you like sushi, this is going to be up your alley. Guaranteed to make you want some sushi!

Flutie Archibald

Super Reviewer

Very charming and beautifully shot. It still did not make me want to try sea urchin, though.

Julie B

Super Reviewer


Interesting doco. Not sure I would want to be working at Jiro's age, but good for him. His sushi looks delicious!

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

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