Jiro Dreams of Sushi

  • U
  • David Gelb (2011)
  • US (SUB)
  • 82 min
Film Review
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4 out of 5

This reverential documentary chronicles one man's obsession with creating the perfect sushi. That man is 85-year-old master chef Jiro Ono, whose Tokyo restaurant was the world's first sushi establishment to be awarded three coveted Michelin stars. The film also portrays his not-always-comfortable relationship with his son and eventual heir, Yoshikazu. The inscrutable and driven Jiro may be the star attraction here, but sharing top billing are his creations, which are mouthwateringly filmed and almost guaranteed to have viewers seeking out some decent imitations immediately. A feeling of repetition makes David Gelb's picture feel longer than its modest running time suggests, but, that aside, this is a bite-sized feast for foodies everywhere.

Plot Summary

Documentary about 85-year-old Japanese chef Jiro Ono, who runs a small restaurant on a Tokyo subway station. The humble establishment is only able to accommodate 10 diners at a time, but has been awarded three Michelin stars and acclaimed as the home of the best sushi in the world. Ono shares his thoughts on work, family and the pursuit of perfection. In Japanese.

Cast and crew


David Gelb

Other Information

Japanese +subtitles
Theatrical distributor: 
Released 11 Jan 2013