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Jiro Dreams of Sushi

| Sushi , Movies

Do you sometimes dream of food? You probably don't dream about it like Jiro.

Jiro Dreams of Sushi is an inspirational 2011 documentary centered on Jiro Ono, the first sushi chef to receive three Michelin stars, named a living national treasure by the government of Japan.

New York director and producer David Gelb's 81-minute film focuses on then-85-year-old Jiro's single-minded pursuit of his art, as well as his complicated relationship with a son who, at 50, still struggles to step out from under his father's famous shadow.

With soaring strings and stunning cinematography, the film includes a true insider's tour of the Tokyo Metropolitan Central Wholesale Market, better known as the Tsukiji Fish Market.

The very real Sukiyabashi Jiro can be found in the basement of an office building on the edge of Ginza Station, and was even visited by U.S. President Barack Obama during his 2014 trip to Tokyo.

If Jiro Dreams of Sushi has inspired you to swing by, be aware that a single sitting will cost you tens of thousands of yen (several hundred dollars), and the restaurant is usually booked solid months in advance. So for many of us, eating there might well be its own dream of sushi!