Skip to main content

JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI

Japan, 2011 (MIFF 2011, Documentaries)

Director: David Gelb

JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI

"A paean to perfectionism and a crafty bit of food porn." - Hollywood Reporter

Jiro Ono is the oldest chef in the world to be awarded three Michelin stars, and at 85 remains monomaniacally devoted to his craft. With his tiny 10-seater Tokyo sushi restaurant, Sukiyabashi Jiro, receiving notice from culinary connoisseurs around the world, his unyielding dedication to quality, consistency and perfection continues to produce some of the world's most exquisite (and expensive!) sushi.

Mostly filmed within the routine confines of his kitchen, and littered with lingering shots of to-die-for sushi, Ono's claustrophobic world is far from perfect. His two sons Yoshikazu and Takashi struggle with the long shadow cast by their father's fame.

"A compelling hymn to craftsmanship and taste in every sense." - Variety

D David Gelb P Kevin Iwashina, Tom Pellegrini Dist Curious Film L Japanese w/English subtitles TD HD Cam/2011

See also...

YOKOHAMA MARY

The search for Yokohama Mary, an infamous former prostitute who went missing over a decade ago, becomes a journey through Japan's post-war past. Yokohama Mary was a prostitute in the Japanese ... More »

ANTS, THE

The Ants won an humanitarian award for Outstanding Documentary at this year's Hong Kong Film Festival. ... Waich Okumura is an 80 year-old Japanese man who fought in China's civil war after World War ... More »

EL VELADOR

"An exquisite study of a rapidly expanding cemetery at the center of Mexico's drug wars." - Variety ... In Mexico, the war on drugs has become a literal war, resulting in the bloodiest conflict since ... More »

BUCK (PG)

"Your horse is a mirror to your soul. Sometimes you might not like what you see." - Buck Brannaman ... Fresh from a rapturous reception at the Sundance Film Festival, where it received the 2011 ... More »

THE AMBASSADOR

“Brügger's façade exposes a grotesque and frightening view of a deeply corrupt country.” - Screen Daily ... Danish journalist and documentary filmmaker Mads Brügger lays out his cards ... More »

LOVE STORY

“A peon [sic] to the people on New York's streets, an absurdist rom-com, a flawless comic subversion; I'm not sure what Love Story is. Possibly genius.” - Critic ... New Zealand director Florian ... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director