Jiro Dreams of Sushi

Jiro Dreams of Sushi

  • BY David Gelb | IN Food
    Premiered December 23, 2013

About the Film

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. MORE

For most of his life, Jiro has been mastering the art of making sushi, but even at his age he sees himself still striving for perfection, working from sunrise to beyond sunset to taste every piece of fish, meticulously training his employees, and carefully molding and finessing the impeccable presentation of each sushi creation. At the heart of this story is Jiro’s relationship with his eldest son Yoshikazu, the worthy heir to Jiro’s legacy, who is unable to live up to his full potential in his father’s shadow.

The feature film debut of director David Gelb, Jiro Dreams of Sushi is a thoughtful and elegant meditation on work, family, and the art of perfection, chronicling Jiro’s life as both an unparalleled success in the culinary world, and a loving yet complicated father.


The Filmmaker

David Gelb, Producer/Director

Originally from New York City, David Gelb currently works and lives in Los Angeles. After graduating from USC's film production program, David worked on various music videos, short films, and documentaries. Most notably, he directed A Vision of Blindness, an extensive behind the scenes look at Fernando Meirelles’s film Blindness, which enjoyed a run on the Sundance Channel. David has been a sushi aficionado since his childhood. Jiro Dreams of Sushi is his first full-length feature film. LESS

Film Credits

Executive Produced by
Matthew Weaver
Joey Carey
Stefan Nowicki
Jeffrey C. Norman

Executive Produced by
Chris Kelly
Jennifer Carrico Kelly
Ed Ojdana
Ross M. Dinerstein

Produced by
Kevin Iwashina
Tom Pellegrini

Directed and Produced by
David Gelb

Edited by
Brandon Driscoll-Luttringer

Cinematography by
David Gelb

Co-Executive Producers
Jeremy Umland
Scott Prisand

Associate Producer
Brandon Driscoll-Luttringer

Production Coordinators / Translators
Yukako Inoue
Shino Nakamura

Lead Post Translator
Hashim Kotaro Bharoocha

Steadicam Operator
Kenichi Taguchi

Steadicam Assistant
Kouji Mizuguchi

Post Translators
Yuka Shirasuna
Yurika Araki Dennis

Visual Effects by
Peter Sauvy

Color Correction by
Brandon Driscoll-Luttringer

Title Design and Key Art by
Chris Berdine

Music Clearances
Janet Billig Rich
David Rich

Post Production Supervisor and Production Accountant
Gina Amador

Production Associate
Rebecca Breithaupt

Jacob Aronson
Elana Summerlin
Sarah C. Johnson

Digital Filmout by
IO Film

Digital Intermediate Colorist
Eliot Milbourn

Digital Intermediate Conform Artist
Brian Beard

Digital Intermediate Producer
Steve Hernandez

Data Manager
Manny Mena

Scan and Record Operator
Ross Miltenberg

Post Production Sound Services

Re-Recording Mixer / Dialogue Editor
Tim Hoogenakker

Supervising Sound Editor
Darren "Sunny" Warkentin

Foley Mixer
Chris Johnston

Foley Artist / Sound Editor
Anthony Vanchure

Sound Editor
Robert Weiss

Post Production Sound Coordinators
Dawn Redmann Laura Harley

Clips and Images Provided by
Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture
Michelin Guide
Getty Images For Magnolia Pictures
Eamonn Bowles
Tom Quinn
Matt Cowal
Dori Begley
Chris White
Caroline McKenzie
Christopher Matson

World Sales
Fortissimo Films


Concerto for Violin and Orchestra In D, Opus # 5: I. Allegro Moderato.
Cadenza Performed by Jascha Heifetz, The London Philharmonic and John Barbirolli
Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Courtesy of EMI Classics

"I’m Going to Go Make a Cake"
"Morning Passages"
by Philip Glass
Used by permission of Sony/ATV Music Publishing & Wonderland Music Publishing
Courtesy Orange Mountain Music

"Berlin by Overnight"
"On the Nature of Daylight"
"Infra 5"
Written & Performed by Max Richter
Used by permission of Embassy Music Corp (BMI)
Courtesy of Bankrobber Music

"Gertrude Leaves the Summer House"
"A Choice"
by Philip Glass
©1993 Dunvagen Music Publishers, Inc.
Courtesy Orange Mountain Music

"Etude No. 5"
"Etude No. 2"
by Philip Glass
©1999 Dunvagen Music Publishers, Inc.
Courtesy Orange Mountain Music “Off to Market”
Written by Rye Randa (ASCAP)
Performed by Rye Randa

"African Journey"
Performed by Anugama
Written by Werner Hagen
Used with permission of Isan Publishing (BMI)
Courtesy of Open Sky Music LLC String Quartet No. 4 (Buzcak)
Performed by the Kronos Quartet
©1989 Dunvagen Music Publishers, Inc.
Courtesy of Nonesuch Records

Piano Concerto No. 21 - Adante
by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performed by Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Alfred Brendel and Sir Neville Marriner
Courtesy of Universal Music

"Prelude (Bach remix)"
Written by J.S. Bach & Michael Kohlbecker
Performed by Fun f D
Used by permission of Michael Kohlbecker
Courtesy of Michael Kohlbecker

"The Hours"
by Philip Glass
Performed by Lyric Quartet, Michael Riesman & Nick Ingman
Used by permission of Sony/ATV Music Publishing & Wonderland Music Publishing
Courtesy Paramount Pictures

by Philip Glass
©2003 Dunvagen Music Publishers, Inc.
Courtesy Orange Mountain Music

Special Thanks
Jacob Aronson
Lon Bender
Chris Berdine
Bonnie Brae Studio
The Staff of Bureau Ginza
Evans Buttersworth
Naveen Chaubal
City National Bank Entertainment Division
CSS Studios
Christine D'Souza
Steven Drypolcher
Jeff Eisner
Nabil Elderkin
The Gelb Family
Michal Goldvaser
Bob Horowitz
Tate Hoxworth
Indie Camera Rentals
Jessica Kardos
Location Sound Inc.
Andrew Nisinson
Naomi Oltarsh
Raleigh Studios Hollywood
Alexander Rodriguez
Samy's Camera
Rose Schwartz
The Staff of Sukiyabashi Jiro
The Tsukiji Fish Market
Rachael Walkinton
Daniel M. Wasser
Visceral Pysche Films
Joy Yoon
Imada Yosuke

Dedicated to the Memories of Kenneth Oltarsh and Laura Luttringer

Funding provided by
Ozumo Enterprises

Jiro Dreams of Sushi is a co-production of City Room Films,
Weaver/Pelligrini Productions and Preferred Content,
in association with Sundial Pictures.

This program was produced by City Room Films which is solely responsible for its content.

All Rights Reserved.

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Have you ever grown up in the shadow of a renowned family member or have you felt pressured to carry on a family tradition?
Have you ever grown up in the shadow of a renowned family member or have you felt pressured to carry on a family tradition?