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.
For most of his life, Jiro has been mastering the art of making sushi, but even at his age he sees himself still striving for perfection, working from sunrise to well beyond sunset to taste every piece of fish; meticulously train his employees; and carefully mold and finesse the impeccable presentation of each sushi creation. 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.
The feature film debut of director David Gelb, JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI is a thoughtful and elegant meditation on work, family, and the art of perfection, chronicling Jiro’s life as both an unparalleled success in the culinary world, and a loving yet complicated father.
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"JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI is a breathtaking portrait of a great artist, a chef unique in the world. The access that the filmmakers had to his life, his thoughts and his words is in itself an extraordinary accomplishment. A thrilling and beautiful portrait of a family and the most thorough, concise and maddeningly delicious looking explanation of the all too frequently misunderstood world of sushi. " --Anthony Bourdain
“JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI is about a spiritual journey towards perfection. But it is not about achieving perfection. It is about the act of striving for it. The film is breathtaking, inspirational and most of all humbling. It is really a gift to bear witness to Jiro who is a true master of his craft and whose entire lifestyle and existence is about striving to be better. Anyone passionate about craft, cooking and excellence should watch.”- Eric Ripert, Chef/Co-Owner Le Bernardin
“***** A DREAM, INDEED. Sure to delight foodies and cinephiles alike. It’s almost enough to just sit, stare and salivate.” – Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York
“A FOODIE’S DREAM NIGHT AT THE MOVIES. Beautifully photographed, every exquisite morsel looks to die for.” – Mary Pols, Time
“CAPTIVATING. AS ELEGANT AND TASTY AS THE SPLENDID SUSHI, AND THAT IS SAYING A LOT. The cinematography makes each piece of sushi gleam like a tiny work of art.” – Kenneth Turan, LA Times
“A FOODIE’S DELIGHT and best seen either on a full stomach or with restaurant reservations immediately following.” – Ty Burr, Boston Globe
“A MOUTHWATERING CINEMA EXPERIENCE AND AN INSTANT ADDITION TO THE LIST OF GREAT MOVIES ABOUT FOOD.” James Veniere, Boston Herald
“FOOD PORN PAR EXCELLENCE. There's no way you won't leave this film not hankering for some sushi of your own. Jiro Dreams of Sushi works most potently as a feature-length metaphor for the joys and agonies of artistic creation.” – Kenji Fujishima, Slant
"IT SURE BEATS TAKEOUT." - NIcholas Rapold, NY Times
“AN EXCEPTIONAL SUBJECT. The film makes Jiro’s culinary creations look like the most wondrous mouthfuls of fish and rice on the planet. I REALLY WISH TOKYO WAS CLOSER.” – Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
“EVEN IF YOU HATE SUSHI, YOU MUST SEE THIS FILM. If you love sushi, you may actually dream of I Dream of Jiro. If you just like surprising, quietly eloquent stories about people, YOU WILL MERELY LOVE IT.” – Bethany Jean Clement, The Stranger
“A MEMORABLE FEAST. It is also uplifting and rich with issues about tradition.” – Tom Keough, Seattle Times
“You’ll be dreaming of sushi too after seeing this delicious documentary.” –Entertainment Weekly Must List
“DELECTABLE.” – Walter Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle
“BEAUTIFUL, THOUGHTFUL AND ENGROSSING. The mere sight of Jiro’s work can make your mouth water.” – Shawn Levy, The Oregonian
“THOUGHTFUL AND WONDERFUL.” – Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
“GRADE A+. GORGEOUS AND DEEPLY MOVING.” – Drew Lazor, Philadelphia City Paper
“A TREAT FOR SUSHI VETERANS. Nearly as meticulous as its subjects.” – Mark Jenkins, NPR
“FASCINATING. The story feels exceptional.” – Stephanie Merry, Washington Post