By | November 22, 2021
Emi Wada Has Passed Away

Emi Wada Death – Emi Wada, the famed costume designer has died on November 13, 2021, at the age of 84, according to her family. The 84-year-old costume designer won an Oscar for her work on Kurosawa’s Ran. Following her exceptionally bold work on Ran, Wada became a much sought-after costume designer in the film world. “Reel and Roll Films” posted on Facebook Sunday, November 21, 2021, to mourn the passing of Emi Wada; “RIP legendary costume designer Emi Wada. Renowned for her Oscar-winning work on ‘Ran’, all-timer work in its use of colors, the way you learn so much about each character just from how they’re dressed, just another reason why the film is one of the most visually sumptuous films ever. Also worked on Zhang Yimou’s ‘Hero’ and ‘House of Flying Daggers’ where each outfit against the films’ dazzling action setpieces is truly a thing of beauty.”

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 did this by working with Kurosawa for the second time on the project Dreams.

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. In 2020 she designed her latest featuring Love After Love directed by Ann Hui, which premiered at last year’s Venice Film Festival. Prior to her death, she also worked for many theatres, opera, and ballet productions. The cause of her death was not made known.

Photo Credits – Young-woo Kim.

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