If you love sushi, you have to see this documentary. Actually, if you have even the slightest interest in Japanese culture, it’s still a must-see.
The film follows Jiro, an 85-year-old sushi master and owner of Sukiyabashi Jiro, on his continuing quest to perfect the art of sushi. Having spent his entire working life honing and refining his art, he’s now passing on his knowledge to his sons and a few carefully selected apprentices.
Despite not serving starters or desserts, his unassuming restaurant has consistently earned the highest culinary accolade possible, Michelin’s three-star rating. And it’s clear to see why. His attention to detail and work ethic is inspiring. Whether you’ve just bought one of our sushi making kits or you’re already running a restaurant, check it out!
JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI is a quiet yet enthralling documentary that chronicles the life of Jiro Ono, the most famous sushi chef in Tokyo. For most of his 85 years, Jiro has been perfecting the art of making sushi. He works 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. Although his restaurant Sukiyabashi Jiro only seats ten diners, it is a phenomenon in Tokyo that has won the prestigious 3-Star Michelin review, making him the oldest Michelin chef alive. JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI chronicles Jiro’s life as both an unparalleled success in the culinary world, and as a loving yet complicated father of two.
Jiro’s incomparable work ethic is the driving force behind JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI, but the heart of this film is how that ambition has influenced his sons’ lives as well. Eldest son Yoshikazu is the heir apparent to the sushi empire, but Jiro is not ready to retire or to relinquish any of his responsibilities. With a famous father guiding and critiquing every decision, Yoshikazu is unable to reach his fullest potential. However, he is proud to learn from a true sushi master, thus revealing the inner struggle of how a dutiful son shows reverence to his father yet control over his own domain.
JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI explores the passion required to run and maintain a legendary sushi restaurant, and one son’s journey to eventually take his father’s place at the head of the culinary dynasty.