“Jiro Dreams of Sushi” (2011 American documentary) review



One day, I went through Netflix to see what was available to watch and felt that I should watch some documentaries since it’s informative. I came across this American documentary about a world renowned sushi chef from Japan. I thought it would be interesting to watch.


Jiro is a world famous sushi chef from Japan with numerous top honors for his craft including the Michelin three-star award which is only awarded to the cream of the crop. The documentary follows him as he continues his ventures to perfect his craft. Even though he makes the most well-known sushi in the world, he strives to get better each day with attention to detail.

It also follows two of us sons as they follow his footprints to become great chefs like their father. One son, Takashi, left his father’s restaurant to start his own while another son, Yoshikazu, feels obligated to carry the torch after Jiro is done running the family business. It shows how much of a legacy they have in front of them. They both have to deal with living in their father’s shadow.


This movie taught me the importance to detail. If one is not satisfied with making the product, the consumer will not be as well. Only the best is accepted, not the second best or third best.


During the viewing of this documentary, I just thought to myself, “Wow! These people are completely obsessed with sushi”. I just assumed most sushi tasted the same since not a lot of ingredients go into it. It was pretty much my own ignorance.

If it weren’t for my fascination with Japanese culture, I wouldn’t have cared too much because if you don’t care about the culture or cuisine, this documentary isn’t for you.


I learned that not all sushi is the same. Cutting a fish at a specific width can make a difference in the taste. Massaging the octopus for a long time can enhance flavors. I learned my lesson after having sushi from 711.

I also would like to try this world famous sushi. After this movie, I looked up the restaurant on the internet to see that starting prices for dinner are at about $300 with the possibility of going up. Reservations also take a year to make there too. Looks like if I were to go to Japan, I’d have some serious planning and saving to do.

Overall rating: 3/5

Reviewed by: Mr. Timtastic

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