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Tony Rayns

Tony Rayns is a film critic, commentator, festival programmer and screenwriter. He has written extensively for Sight & Sound, and its predecessor the Monthly Film Bulletin, and previously contributed to Time Out and Melody Maker.

One of the world’s leading experts on Asian cinema, he coordinated the Dragons and Tigers competition for Asian films at the Vancouver International Film Festival 1988-2006 and has provided many DVD commentaries and English subtitle translations for films from Hong Kong, Japan, Korea and Thailand.

He has written books about Seijun Suzuki, Wong Kar-wai and Rainer Werner Fassbinder, and has been awarded the Foreign Ministry of Japan’s Commendation for services to Japanese cinema.

Articles by Tony Rayns

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  • From the Magazine

    Film of the week: I Wish

    This latest from the director of After Life is a magnificent fable of a broken family dreaming of reunion as Japan’s bullet train comes to their island. Tony Rayns sees a master at work.

    Friday, February 8, 2013

    Reviews and recommendations

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    Film of the week: Hors Satan

    Bruno Dumont’s pantheist parable of a silent supernatural ‘healer’ has its inconsistencies – but also a berserk integrity, admits Tony Rayns.

    Friday, January 4, 2013

    Reviews and recommendations

  • From the Magazine

    Film of the month: Faust

    Alexander Sokurov’s retelling of the Faust legend finally arrives on these shores. But it’s not just the film’s hero who’s suffering from hubris, says Tony Rayns.

    Friday, May 4, 2012

    Reviews and recommendations

  • Where the mountain meets the street: Terayama Shuji

    Poet, playwright and avant-garde filmmaker maudit, Terayama Shuji was both infamous and ubiquitous in late 60s and 70s Japan. Tony Rayns recalls a legend.

    Thursday, March 15, 2012


  • From the Magazine

    Film of the month: Into the Abyss

    Into the Abyss is not just a compelling documentary about a convicted murderer on Death Row, but a further chapter in Werner Herzog’s obsessive exploration of the American way of life – and death. By Tony Rayns.

    Friday, March 9, 2012

    Reviews and recommendations

  • Tropical rocket: Abandon Normal Devices 2009

    Tony Rayns sees Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s ‘Primitive’ installation at the inaugural Abandon Normal Devices Festival of New Media and Digital Culture in Liverpool.

    Wednesday, September 30, 2009


  • Seoul Stirring

    Based on the ICA’s 1994 festival, this catalogue provides a survey of contemporary Korean cinema.

    Thursday, June 1, 1995

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