Oscar-winning Japanese costume designer Wada dies at 84

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Emi Wada holds the Oscar she received for her accomplishments in costume design for “Ran” at the Academy Awards on March 24, 1986. (AP file photo)

TOKYO – Japanese costume designer Emi Wada, known for her Oscar-winning work on a film by famous director Akira Kurosawa, died on November 13, her family announced. She was 84 years old.

Originally from Kyoto, Wada began working on theatrical costumes while still a student at Kyoto City University of the Arts.

She won the Oscar for Best Costume Design in 1986 for her work on Kurosawa’s film “Ran” (Chaos), which was about a medieval warlord.

Wada, whose real name is Emiko, made the costumes for the film by weaving yarn that she dyed herself to reflect the style of the time in the story.

Among other films in which she participated, Wada worked with Chinese director Zhang Yimou in “Hero” and “House of Flying Daggers” in the early 2000s, as well as costume design for “Love After Love”, directed by Ann Hui and released Thursday in Hong Kong.

She has worked internationally, designing costumes not only for films but also for plays and operas.

Wada also won the Emmy for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Costume Design for a Variety or Music Program in 1993 for his work in the opera “Oedipus Rex” directed by Seiji Ozawa, which was broadcast in the United States. United.

The cause and location of his death have not been disclosed.

Tatsuya Nakadai and Pita in a scene from Akira Kurosawa’s “Ran”. Besides Emi Wada’s Oscar for costume design, the 1985 film also received nominations for director, cinematography, and artistic design. (Photo courtesy of Rialto Pictures)


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