Kurosawa’s “Ran” Oscar-winning costume designer was 84


Emi Wada, the Japanese costume designer who won an Oscar in 1985 for her work on the Akira Kurosaw classic had run, died at the age of 84.

Local media reported on Sunday that her family confirmed that she passed away on November 13, with a service arranged with close relations and friends. No cause of death was provided.

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Born in Kyoto and a graduate of Kyoto City University of the Arts, Emi Wada would have a distinguished career spanning several decades, designing costumes for stage and screen.

She achieved international notoriety in 1985 when her work on had run, Akira Kurosawa’s film based on King Lear and set in medieval Japan, won the Oscar for Costume Design, the photo’s only victory among its four nominations that year.

Wada would continue to work on Japanese films and branch out by taking roles in major international productions, such as Zhang Yimou’s epic pair. hero and House of the Flying Daggers, as well as the English language Prospero’s books directed by Peter Greenaway.

She continued to work consistently and always accumulated credits until she was 80, also publishing several books on her craft. She was married to Ben Wada, who died in 2011.

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