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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.

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  • From the Magazine

    Donald Richie, 1924-2013

    Donald Richie did more than anyone to introduce Western audiences to the wonders of Japanese cinema and culture, writes Tony Rayns.

    Friday, February 7, 2014

    Obituaries

  • From the Magazine

    Oshima Nagisa, 1932-2013

    The director’s militant refusal to fit in was reflected in his films, which sought to shock his audiences into seeing themselves more clearly.

    Friday, February 7, 2014

    Obituaries

  • Gateway from the east: Dubai 2013

    Exiled Iranians and Singaporeans, determined Chinese villagers and nuclear-evacuee Japanese horses made for four admirable documentaries at the Middle Eastern festival’s tenth edition, reports Tony Rayns.

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

    Festivals

  • From the Magazine

    Blockage on the line: Snowpiercer vs Scissorhands

    Bong Joonho’s Snowpiercer was one of the most anticipated films of 2013. But while it has been a hit in France and Korea, English-speaking audiences won’t be able to see it for some time to come. This is more than just a case of the wrong kind of snow, reports Tony Rayns.

    Friday, December 13, 2013

    Features

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    Review: The Act of Killing

    Tony Rayns counts the ways in which Joshua Oppenheimer’s exposé of Indonesia’s bloodstained rulers is suspect.

    Monday, November 25, 2013

    Reviews and recommendations

  • From the Magazine

    Film of the week: Like Someone in Love

    In his furthest-flung excursion yet, Iranian master Abbas Kiarostami asks age-old questions in modern Tokyo with a very mixed-up trio looking for love in the wrongs ways and wrong places. Tony Rayns is impressed.

    Friday, June 21, 2013

    Reviews and recommendations

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    Film of the week: Neighbouring Sounds

    Satire cloaks melodrama and fear masks guilt in this rich tapestry of Brazilian nouveau-riche life, writes Tony Rayns.

    Friday, March 22, 2013

    Reviews and recommendations

  • From the Magazine

    Film of the week: Post Tenebras Lux

    Arthouse virtuoso Carlos Reygadas takes a poetic trip into his own heart of darkness, finds Tony Rayns.

    Friday, March 22, 2013

    Reviews and recommendations

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    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

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