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Jiro Dreams of Sushi
Jiro Dreams of Sushi

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Jiro Ono, Yoshikazu Ono
Mar 09, 2012
PG, 1 hr. 21 min.

Movie Info

Cast: Jiro Ono, Yoshikazu Ono, Takashi Ono, Hachiro Mizutani, Masuhiro Yamamoto
Director: David Gelb
Rated: PG
Running Time: 1 hr. 21 min.
Genre: Documentary, Art House & International, Special Interest
Theater Release: Mar 09, 2012
DVD Release: Jul 24, 2012
Synopsis: 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

Critic Reviews

  • Trevor Johnston, Time Out
    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.
  • Maggie Lee, Hollywood Reporter
    It's torture to watch Jiro Dreams of Sushi -- if you are on an empty stomach.
  • Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
    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.
  • Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic
    Gelb apparently understood that his subject was itself so taking that he wouldn't need filmic embellishments to keep his viewers alert.
  • Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
    Obsessive, we were saying? Oh my, yes, and that's what makes the film so compelling.
  • Evan S. Benn, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    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.
  • Mike Sula, Chicago Reader
    The most interesting moments, however, belong not to the chef but to those who labor in his shadow.
  • John Anderson, Newsday
    As exhausting as Jiro may be, he's also inspiring.
  • Ty Burr, Boston Globe
    Would you be willing to massage an octopus for 45 minutes, until its flesh possesses just the right amount of chewability? Jiro is.
  • Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
    I really wish Tokyo were closer.
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