Oscar-winning costume designer Emi Wada dies aged 84 -reports

FILE PHOTO: Japanese movie costume designer Wada and Hong Kong actress Yip at the Hong Kong Film Awards in 2006
FILE PHOTO: Japanese Oscar-winning movie costume designer Emi Wada (L) and Hong Kong actress Cecilia Yip present an award at the 25th Hong Kong Film Awards, April 8, 2006. REUTERS/Paul Yeung/File Photo

November 21, 2021

By Kevin Buckland

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese costume designer Emi Wada, who won an Oscar for her work on Akira Kurosawa’s 1985 movie “Ran”, has died aged 84, local media reported on Sunday, citing her family.

Wada died on Nov. 13 and a service was held with family and close friends, according to the reports, without citing a cause of death.

Born in Kyoto, Wada began work while still a student at Kyoto City University of Arts. She also created costumes for theatre and dance productions.

As well as working with Kurosawa, Wada designed costumes for many international films including Peter Greenaway’s “Prospero’s Books” (1991) and Zhang Yimou’s “Hero” (2002) and “House of Flying Daggers” (2004).

She continued to work in her 80s, creating costumes for Ann Hui’s “Love After Love”, which premiered at the 2020 Venice International Film Festival.

(Reporting by Kevin Buckland; Editing by Christopher Cushing)