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Costume designer Emi Wada has died

Emi Wada
Famed costume designer Emi Wada, who won an Oscar for her work on Kurosawa’s Ran, has passed away at the age of 84. According to family sources quoted online, she died on November 13.

Following her exceptionally bold work on Ran, Wada became a much sought after costume designer in the film world. In addition to working with Kurosawa again on Dreams, Wada also designed costumes for such iconic films as Nagisa Oshima’s Gohatto, Peter Greenaway’s Prospero’s Books, The Pillow Book and 8 1/2 Women, and the Yimou Zhang box office hits Hero and House of Flying Daggers.

Wada’s latest film work was for the 2020 feature Love After Love directed by Ann Hui, which premiered at last year’s Venice Film Festival. Over the years, Wada also worked for many theatre, opera and ballet productions. In her work, she was known to emphasize the texture of the materials that she used, leaning towards Japanese aesthetics and traditional craftsmanship originating particularly from her home area of Kyoto.





She did fantastic work in all those films, but I think Ran took the cake. It’s hard to imagine that film without the color-coded armies for each of the three brothers.

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