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Kei Kumai

31 May 1930 to 22 May 2007

A Japanese filmmaker whose work displayed a strong social conscience, Kumai also excelled at epic period tales. This Swarming Earth (1970), The Long Darkness (1972), Sandakan 8 (1974) are among his best known films, with later examples including Death of a Tea Master (1989) and Darkness in the Light (2001).