Kazuo Nagai

Director / Writer

Born in Osaka in 1990. In 2015, he directed his first short film, "Smell, but I love you,” which won the Supporter Award at the Down Town Taito International Comedy Film Festival 2015, the Creator's Factory Excellence Award at the Kyoto International Film and Art Festival 2015, the Grad Prix at the Kisssh-Kissssssh Film Festival 2016. The film has been screened at more than 20 film festivals in Japan and abroad. In 2018, his film "Kasumi Tatsu" won the Grand Prix at the 1st Shiga International Film Festival and the Runner-up Grand Prix at the 14th Yamagata International Movie Festival. In 2019, he directed "This Town and Me," which had its world premiere at the 11th Okinawa International Movie Festival and won the Runner-up Grand Prix and Best Supporting Actor (Hiroki Sano) at the 5th Kashima Film Festival. The film was theatrically released 2022 in Japan.