Jiro Dreams of Sushi


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.


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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 seat at Jiro's sushi bar.At the heart of this story is Jiro's relationship with his eldest son Yoshikazu, the worthy heir to Jiro's legacy, who is unable to live up to his full potential in his father's shadow. -- (C) Magnolia

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Jiro Ono
as Jiro Ono
Yoshikazu Ono
as Yoshikazu Ono
Takashi Ono
as Takashi Ono
Hachiro Mizutani
as Hachiro Mizutani
Masuhiro Yamamoto
as Masuhiro Yamamoto

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Critic Reviews for Jiro Dreams of Sushi

All Critics (93) | Top Critics (29)

Jiro Ono's exacting standards have earned him three Michelin stars, but it's his taciturn nature that spices and sours this documentary.

Jan 10, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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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.

Jan 8, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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

Jan 7, 2013 | Full Review…

Gelb apparently understood that his subject was itself so taking that he wouldn't need filmic embellishments to keep his viewers alert.

Apr 20, 2012 | Full Review…

Obsessive, we were saying? Oh my, yes, and that's what makes the film so compelling.

Apr 19, 2012 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

This documentary strikes a balance between storytelling and food porn that's hard to come by in foodie flicks. Like a proper sushi meal, "Jiro" left me feeling sated, not stuffed.

Apr 12, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Jiro Dreams of Sushi

Even for those who are not into sushi, it can only be an enormous pleasure to listen to this 85-year-old sushi master (and the people around him) talk about his perfectionism and love for what he does, as well as the man's relationship with his eldest son who is supposed to succeed him.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

I feel like this is gonna be another Tampopo. Which means, make sure you're fully fed and surrounded by good food before you pop the DVD in.

Letitia Lew
Letitia Lew

Super Reviewer

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

Flutie Archibald
Flutie Archibald

Super Reviewer

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

Julie B
Julie B

Super Reviewer

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