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 was a Japanesemarker movie director from Azumino, Nagano prefecture. After his studies in literature at Shinshu University, he worked as director's assistant.

Perhaps his best-known film is Sandakan No. 8, which received widespread acclaim for tackling the issue of a woman forced into prostitution in Borneo before the outbreak of World War II. Kumai's follow-up film was 1976's Cape of North, starring French actress Claude Jade as a Swiss nun who falls in love with a Japanese engineer on a trip from Marseilles to Yokohama.

Other works include Ocean to Cross, Death of a Tea Master starring Toshiro Mifune as Sen no Rikyū (Silver Lion at the 1989 Venice Film Festival) and the 2002 film The Sea Is Watching, based on Akira Kurosawa's last script.


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