Jiro Dreams of Sushi

Sushi chef Jiro Ono has been called the Michael Jordan of Sushi.

“Jiro Dreams of Sushi” is the #2 documentary in my List of Best Chef Documentaries (18 of them ranked!).

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Jiro Dreams of Sushi Started off Streaming on Netflix

Jiro Dreams of Sushi was first released on Netflix on August 28, 2012.

It had a 3 year run on Netflix but was removed from the streamer on August 23, 2015.


  • My Rating: 98/100
  • IMDB Rating: 7.7/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Ratings: 91/100 (Users); 99/100 (Critics)

Review of “Jiro Dreams of Sushi”

I have to be honest, I’m more of a burrito guy than a raw sushi guy.

But, man, the 2011 documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi might have converted me.

Directed by David Gelb, this 81-minute doc shows the inside the world of Jiro Ono.

He’s the 85-year-old maestro behind Tokyo’s legendary sushi restaurant Sukiyabashi Jiro.

How good is the food?

The restaurant is Michelin 3-stars, despite being tiny (10-seats) in a random location (a Tokyo subway station!).

Think of Jiro as the Michael Jordan of sushi.

This dude is insanely dedicated to his craft – we’re talking waking up at 5am every day to pick out the absolute best fish kind of dedication.

He’s been making sushi since he was 9 years old and has become completely obsessed with achieving perfection.

Even after earning 3 Michelin stars and worldwide acclaim, Jiro says “All I want to do is make better sushi.”

The cinematography is straight up sushi porn.

The camera lingers lovingly on immaculate slices of tuna and rice as Jiro and his team prepare their sublime creations.

With only 10 seats, Sukiyabashi Jiro is booked months in advance and starts at $300 a person.

Jiro’s sushi is not mere food – it’s art, obsession, a way of life.

But just like MJ had his rivalries and detractors, Jiro has some beefs in the Tokyo food world.

The doc dives into the politics and trash-talking amongst the city’s top sushi spots.

And like His Airness, Jiro isn’t always the easiest guy to work with, especially for his poor kids.

At age 50, eldest son Yoshikazu is still waiting in the wings to take over the restaurant.

The doc also touches on the fascinating hierarchy of Tokyo’s Michelin-starred restaurants and the grueling apprenticeship required to become a top sushi chef.

No lie though, watching this movie will make you dream about sushi.

But even if you don’t dig on raw fish, Jiro Dreams of Sushi is a great watch

It’s about a man who has dedicated his life to being the absolute best at one thing.

By the end, you’ll want to figure out what your “sushi” is and go after it with Jiro-level intensity.

Well, maybe after booking a trip to Japan to sample the legend’s creations first. Kanpai!

Thanks for reading!

Rob Kelly, Chief Maniac, Daily Doc