Monday, May 14, 2012

Jiro Dreams Of Sushi

Calling all sushi lovers!

Ever since seeing the trailer on iTunes trailers I've been hankering to see this film.  This quiet little film invites us into the world of Jiro Ono, who happens to be the world's oldest 3-starred Michelin chef.  He was also declared a living national treasure by the Japanese Government.

Jiro runs Sukiyabashi Jiro, a 10-seater sushi restaurant that is inside the Ginza subway station.  At 85 years of age, he has been working at his sushi craft for most of his life.  He talks about his dedication to his craft and how it occupies most of his thoughts - he literally dreams of making sushi.

We meet his two sons; the eldest works with him at the original restaurant and the younger runs a branch in Roppongi.  They talk about the pressures that they experience in having to follow after their father's success and how it effects their relationship with each other.

We also meet Jiro's other collaborators; his team of apprentices who are all working hard towards becoming sushi masters in their own right, to Jiro's suppliers who are all experts in their own fields.  We hear about their frustrations and see the delight when they have their own little successes.

This is a beautiful film about one man's obsession with sushi and the success he found from dedicating himself to his craft.  It also opens the window to the elevated form of sushi that is these days much more commoditised than we realise.  I thoroughly enjoyed meeting Jiro and his collaborators, and came away feeling enchanted that such people still exist in this world (not to mention hungry because there is a lot of delicious sushi flashed before your eyes throughout this film).

Fellow foodies, what are your food obssessions?  What food do you dream about?

Thanks to the film's distributors, I have four double passes to see Jiro Dreams of Sushi to give away. In 25 words or less, please email us your foodie obsession and why.  The best 4 explanations will receive a double pass to see the film.  Please remember to include your postal address in the email so I can get the double passes to you ASAP!

Sugar and spice and all things nice,
la chouquette sucrée

Ticket conditions:trailer on iTunes trailers
  • Valid at Chauvel Cinema (NSW), Palace Centro (QLD), Palace Nova Eastend (SA), Cinema Paradiso (Etttalong Beach NSW) and Greater Union Manuka (ACT)
  • Not valid public holidays
  • Not valid on cinema discount days
  • Not valid Saturdays after 5pm


  1. Oh, I can't wait to see this!

  2. We saw this a few weekends ago. His dedication to the art of sushi is wonderful! :D

  3. It's incredible that at 85 he is still going strong and doing what he loves. He would be the envy of many his age I'm sure.

  4. i think it is a simple but incredible documentary. I m glad that i bought that dvd