Kazuaki Kiriya

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Kazuaki Kiriya
(紀里谷 和明)
Kiriya Kazuaki "Last Kights" at Opening Ceremony of the 28th Tokyo International Film Festival (22241486839).jpg
Born Kazuhiro Iwashita (岩下 和裕)
(1968-04-20) April 20, 1968 (age 47)
Asagiri, Kumamoto, Japan
Occupation Film director, music video director, photographer
Spouse(s) Hikaru Utada (m. 2002; div. 2007)

Kazuaki Kiriya (紀里谷 和明 Kiriya Kazuaki?), born April 20, 1968 in Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan, is a Japanese photographer and director of films and music videos. His birth name is Kazuhiro Iwashita (岩下 和裕 Iwashita Kazuhiro?). He is represented by Paradigm Agency.

Early life and career[edit]

In 1983, in his second year of junior high school, he moved to the United States. He attended Cambridge High School in Massachusetts and then the School of Constructed Environments at Parsons The New School for Design. At first, as a student, he aimed to enter the business world, but through the experience of seeing others' pleasure when he communicated through drawing at times when his English failed him, he came to be more oriented toward the world of art. Beginning in 1994, he became involved in designing album covers, photography, and directing music videos for many recording artists including Hikaru Utada, SMAP, The Back Horn, Mr. Children, Misia, Southern All Stars, GLAY, and Ayumi Hamasaki.

Kiriya made his feature film debut in 2004, writing and directing the ambitious live action film adaptation of Casshern. The film was among the first to be shot on a digital backlot. In 2009, he wrote and directed his second film, Goemon (a fantasy epic based on the life of Ishikawa Goemon), in which he also appeared in a cameo as Akechi Mitsuhide. In 2015, Kiriya directed his first English-language film, Last Knights, a reimagining of the legend of the forty-seven ronin.

Personal life[edit]

Kiriya is a vegetarian.[1] He was wed to Japanese pop artist Hikaru Utada from September 6, 2002, until they divorced on March 2, 2007.



Role Casshern
Last Knights
Director YesY YesY YesY
Writer YesY YesY N
Cinematographer YesY YesY N
Producer N YesY YesY
Editor YesY YesY N
Actor N YesY N

Music videos[edit]

Year Artist Song
2000 The Back Horn "Fūsen" (風船?, "Balloon")
2001 "Sora, Hoshi, Umi no Yoru" (空、星、海の夜?, "Night of Sky, Stars and Sea")
"Hitorigoto" (ひとり言?, "Soliloquy")
Shunsuke Nakamura "Yuki ga Tokeru Mae ni..." (雪がとける前に・・・?, "Before the Snow Melts...")
Hikaru Utada "Final Distance"
2002 "Hikari"
"Sakura Drops"
"Deep River"
2004 "Dareka no Negai ga Kanau Koro"
2005 "You Make Me Want to Be a Man"
"Be My Last"
2006 "Keep Tryin'"
Glay "Koi" (?, "Love")


  1. ^ 映画監督、映像作家、写真家 紀里谷和明さん (in Japanese). President Online. Retrieved August 22, 2013.