“Chushingura,”the 18th-century tale of the 47 ronin, is one of Japan’s most beloved historical legends. And once again it has become fodder for a flashy Hollywood movie, this time called “Last Knights,” starring Morgan Freeman and Clive Owen, and directed by none other than Mr. Flash himself: Kazuaki Kiriya. “Last Knights” is his first English-language film, and opens here in November.

Kiriya turned heads in 2004 when his glitzy sci-fi “Casshern” was released, followed in 2009 by the historical extravaganza “Goemon.” He has a taste for all that glitters and a flair for flamboyance. (He was married to pop singer Hikaru Utada and directed several of her music videos.) Both are rare traits among Japanese filmmakers, and he revealed them during a recent appeared on a local TV show. In it, he claimed he habitually flies to London for custom-tailored suits and that he is capable of walking into a studio, clicking on his camera a couple of times and earning several million yen.

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