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Chinese filmmakers mourn Japanese designer Emi Wada for her unique costumes in films like Hero


Costumes designed by Emi Wada Photo: Sina Weibo

Japanese Oscar-winning costume designer Emi Wada who has created unique garments for a number of world famous Chinese films such as hero (2002) by director Zhang Yimou, died at the age of 84, according to media citing her family on Sunday.

Respected as a legendary designer who conveyed oriental aesthetics to the public through her designs, Wada has designed costumes for many Chinese films – especially martial arts themed productions – which have added “oomph” to the movies.

“The hero the costumes, especially those of the heroines, engage heavy colors such as dense red and blue. It is impressive that such attractive costumes can still appear airy when the character moves, a touch of red dancing in the wind with the elements of martial arts. It adds punch to the film and shows the aesthetic of Chinese culture, ”Yunxing, a professional designer of traditional Chinese hanfu, told the Global Times on Monday.

Besides designing for Zhang Yimou hero (2002) and House of Flying daggers (2004), Wada also collaborated with other Chinese filmmakers such as Tian Zhuangzhuang for the film The Go Master and films starring Chinese actors like Zhang Ziyi and Lin Qingxia.

Despite her declining health, in 2020 she accepted the offer to design costumes for Ann Hui’s Love after love, which premiered at the Venice International Film Festival the same year.

Zhang Yimou and Ma Sichun, the actress of Love after loveWada cried on Chinese Twitter Sina Weibo on Sunday.

“Emi Wada has done too many beautiful works for us to cherish. May she continue to decorate paradise with brocade and silk, ”said Ma.

Wada died on November 13. Born in Japan, she received her first Oscar for her work in Akira Kurosawa’s film Ran in 1985.

Besides her contributions to cinema, she also designed clothes for the stage, collaborated with Chinese composer Tan Dun for her work The first emperor and worked on classical Chinese opera costumes The peony pavilion in collaboration with the National Ballet of China.

“In order to be able to design such pieces, it takes not only a refined taste for textiles, but also a deep sense of Chinese culture which has shared philosophical roots with Japanese culture,” said Zhang Qi, an art researcher in Japan. East Asia, to the Global Times. .