Asakazu Nakai (1901-1988) was a Japanese cinematographer. He worked on a dozen films with filmmaker Akira Kurosawa. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Cinematography for his work in the film Ran (1985), becoming the oldest nominee ever in that category. In 1950 he won the award for Best Cinematography at the Mainichi Film Concours for Stray Dog. Asakazu Nakai was born in Kobe.