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Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011)

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A documentary on 85-year-old sushi master Jiro Ono, his renowned Tokyo restaurant, and his relationship with his son and eventual heir, Yoshikazu.

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Yoshikazu Ono ...
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Masuhiro Yamamoto ...
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Daisuke Nakazama ...
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Hachiro Mizutani ...
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Harutaki Takahashi ...
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Hiroki Fujita ...
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Tsunenori Ida ...
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Toichiro Iida ...
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Akihiro Oyama ...
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Shizuo Oyama ...
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Hiroshi Okuda ...
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Yukio Watanabe ...
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Kazunori Kumakawa ...
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Kazuo Fukaya ...
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In the basement of a Tokyo office building, 85 year old sushi master Jiro Ono works tirelessly in his world renowned restaurant, Sukiyabashi Jiro. As his son Yoshikazu faces the pressures of stepping into his father's shoes and taking over the legendary restaurant, Jiro relentlessly pursues his lifelong quest to create the perfect piece of sushi. Written by anonymous

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Rated PG for mild thematic elements and brief smoking | See all certifications »
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15 March 2012 (Denmark)  »

Also Known As:

Jiro e l'arte del sushi  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$42,035 (USA) (9 March 2012)

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$2,550,508 (USA) (17 August 2012)
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Trivia

According to a well-known legend in the Kazuchi District, sushi was invented in the 15th Century by renowned monk Muziguchi (1412-1474). During the third Kubaki revolts, he was wounded while traveling and left for dead by his companions in a forest with only some cooked rice in a bag. Muziguchi stumbled upon a freshly dead dog. Driven by hunger and fighting for survival, he cut the dog open and placed small pieces of raw flesh on rice. Back in Kyoto, he replaced the dog meat with fish meat (salmon, tuna and meal) and convinced his fellow monks to taste it. Sushi's popularity spread in Kyoto and soon in the entire medieval Japan. See more »

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Yoshikazu Ono: Always look ahead and above yourself. Always try to improve on yourself. Always strive to elevate your craft. That's what he taught me.
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Crazy Credits

In the Special Thanks section, "The Tsukiji Fish Market" is listed twice. See more »

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Edited into Independent Lens: Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2013) See more »

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Off To Market
Composed and Produced by Rye Randa and Jeff Foxworth aka The Ontic
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Extraordinary
12 March 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was thoroughly charmed by the film. When I read the synopsis, I thought I would be bored to tears. But it's a lovely, poignant, challenging documentary about excellence, discipline, vocational call, tenacity. The film challenged me to think about my own persistence, an ongoing striving to improve and grow, doing work for the love of it and much less so for the financial gain. the documentary highlights the ability to succeed after incredible hardship, and some would say, cruelty. The cinematography was elegant, the music varied and interesting, the precision of the art of making sushi, the rigor and discipline to do it well, the requirement to be surrounded by others who always want to excel. A wonderful film and I'll see it again...and again. It even made me want to eat sushi...which I never do.


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