Yohei Taneda has collaborated with filmmakers from across the world, amassing an impressive list of credits that includes, Kill Bill: Vol. I with Quentin Tarantino, Flowers of War, with Zhang Yimou, and the animated film Ghost in the Shell (Innocence) with Mamoru Oshii. For The Flowers of War, an epic film about the rape of Nanjing, Taneda created all of the period sets for the film in Nanjing. Released in 70 countries the film was the highest budgeted, most successful Chinese film ever made. Taneda recently completed the Keanu Reeves directed Man of Tai Chi, and is currently designing The Hateful Eight, Quentin Tarantino’s hotly anticipated new western.
Among Taneda’s many notable credits are, Swallowtail Butterfly, directed by Shunji Iwai; Sleepless Town, directed by Le Chi Ngai; The Wow-Choten Hotel and The Magic Hour, directed by Kichitaro Negishi; Hula Girls and Villain, directed by Sang-il Lee. Taneda’s work helped to foster the massive Japanese success of Koki Mitani’s Ghost of a Chance (Suteki Na Kanashibari), and Wei Te-Sheng’s Taiwanese film Warriors of the Rainbow– a commercial and critical success and winner of the Best Film award at the Tapei Golden Horse Festival.
As well as receiving nominations and awards, including an Art Directors Guild Award nomination in the U.S. for his work on Kill Bill, Taneda has been awarded the prestigious Purple Ribbon Medal in Japan, as well as the Incentive Award from the Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs.