Born in 1967, Aichi, Japan, Naoto Kumazawa began directing independent films as a student. After graduating, he joined a production company while continuing to work on his own productions. As a freelance, he directed many of his own works in the documentary and music video fields. In 2004, his first commercial film, Tokyo Noir, was released, followed by Letters from Kanai Nirai in 2005, which garnered many accolades both inside and outside of Japan. His latest film, Vanished, stars Ken Miyake from V6, one of the leading pop star groups in Japan and Asia.
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