Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2012)

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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
Rating:
PG (for mild thematic elements and brief smoking)
Genre:
Art House & International , Documentary , Special Interest
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Cast

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 (89) | 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

By the time this graceful film is over you understand why Japan has declared the bald, bespectacled Jiro a national treasure. Even if you've never tasted sushi, the man's singleness of purpose will inspire you.

Full Review… | April 20, 2012
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Gelb apparently understood that his subject was itself so taking that he wouldn't need filmic embellishments to keep his viewers alert.

Full Review… | April 20, 2012
The New Republic
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | April 19, 2012
Arizona Republic
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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.

Full Review… | April 12, 2012
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Audience Reviews for Jiro Dreams of Sushi

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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