Oscar-winning Japanese costume designer Wada dies

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Wada has also designed costumes for other well-known directors, including Nagisa Oshima and Zhang Yimou, as well as theater and opera.

According to Japanese media reports, Amy Wada, the Oscar-winning Japanese costume designer for Akira Kurosawa’s Ran, has died. She was 84 years old.

Wada reportedly passed away on November 13, citing unidentified family sources and did not give a cause of death.

Wada was catapulted to fame thanks to the samurai costumes she created for the 1985 film Ran, a vivid depiction of bloody intrigue and betrayal inspired by William Shakespeare’s King Lear.

While accepting an award from the Academy in 1986, Wada held the human-shaped statue and said with a smile, “He doesn’t need my costumes.”

Wada has also designed costumes for other well-known directors, including Nagisa Oshima and Zhang Yimou, as well as theater and opera.

Amon Miyamoto, a theater director who worked with Wada, praised her.

“I have never known anyone who strived for excellence and authenticity as much as you,” he said on his Facebook page.

“Being able to create something with you is an honor that I will never forget for the rest of my life,” he added.

Wada was born in the ancient capital of Kyoto, a city populated with bamboo, timber buildings and stone gardens that she says inspired her sense of beauty.

She focused on the texture of the materials that she used for her costumes. She considered herself a Japanese aesthetic and supported efforts to preserve the traditional Kyoto craftsmanship that was often used in her gorgeous costumes.

Her husband Ben Wada, the filmmaker she married when she was 20, helped her get her first costume job. He died in 2011.

“In the 60 years that I have been doing this work, I have never got tired of it. I think I am really lucky, ”Wada said in a video message to the 2017 Tokyo International Film Festival.

In 2020, she designed costumes for Ann Hui’s Love After Love, which premiered at the Venice International Film Festival.

According to media reports, the funeral was held with family and close friends.



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