Jiro Dreams of Sushi
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 99%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"Gelb apparently understood that his subject was itself so taking that he wouldn't need filmic embellishments to keep his viewers alert."
‑ Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic
"Ono may be the center of this universe, but the real star of the film is the sushi, and the exquisite yet frustrating beauty with which the camera has captured it."
‑ Chris Chang, Film Comment Magazine
"You may not dream of sushi, but don't watch this on an empty stomach."
‑ , Scotsman
"David Gelb's affectionate documentary ..."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"It's torture to watch Jiro Dreams of Sushi -- if you are on an empty stomach."
‑ Maggie Lee, Hollywood Reporter
"Obsessive, we were saying? Oh my, yes, and that's what makes the film so compelling."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"Gelb also provides an education on the different kinds of sushi, the purveyors of premium fish and rice, and overfishing. But it's his lyrical, lovingly photographed scenes of preparation that elevates the documentary to a work of art."
‑ Matt Kelemen, Las Vegas CityLife
"Taking a minimalistic approach that matches his subject matter, documentary filmmaker Gelb delves into one of the most acclaimed kitchens in the world: the tiny Tokyo sushi bar run by 85-year-old Jiro Ono, the oldest chef to earn three Michelin stars."
‑ Rich Cline, Contactmusic.com
"A beautiful ode to an artisan and his culture."
‑ Liz Haycroft, Little White Lies
"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."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"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."
‑ Evan S. Benn, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Subtitled docu about sushi chef inspires and enlightens."
‑ Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media
"I left the cinema wanting to meet the man and eat his food."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"Jiro Ono's exacting standards have earned him three Michelin stars, but it's his taciturn nature that spices and sours this documentary."
‑ Henry Barnes, Guardian
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