Costume queen runs up a few yarns for cinephiles

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 06 April, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 06 April, 2006, 12:00am

In the midst of all the frenzy surrounding the just-started film festival, a free seminar tomorrow afternoon should be of great interest to true cinephiles.

Academy Award-winning costume designer Emi Wada will give a free lecture from 1pm at the Academy Drama Theatre of the Academy of Performing Arts.

The 69-year-old costume legend will share stories about her life, work and approach as a visual artist.

Her effort on Akira Kurosawa's Ran won her an Oscar and she recently hooked up with Zhang Yimou on both Hero and House of Flying Daggers.

Other movies she has contributed her stylish imagination to include three Peter Greenaway films (Prospero's Books, The Pillow Book and 81/2 Women) and Mabel Cheung Yuen-ting's The Soong Sisters.

Some of Wada's designs will also be on display at the academy, but get there early as seats are on a first come, first served basis.

The lecture will be presented in Japanese with English translation. For details call 2584 8802.

Additional reporting by Lauren Crothers