Tony Rayns

Hara Setsuko (1920-2015)

Tony Rayns on Hara Setsuko (1920-2015)

January 2016

ONE OF JAPAN’S BEST-LOVED FILMED ACTRESSES since her teenage years, Hara Setsuko left the film industry in 1963 at the age of forty-three—a few months after the death of Ozu Yasujiro, for whom she’d acted memorably in six features. She withdrew… READ ON


Wu Tianming (1939–2014)

Tony Rayns on Wu Tianming (1939–2014)

July 2014

WU TIANMING came into his own in the Chinese culture wars of the late 1980s. He’d been a “movie brat,” a village kid in love with films since childhood, and he first thought that he’d like to be an actor. In 1960, aged twenty, he managed to… READ ON


Apichatpong Weerasethakul

June 2014

Thai artist Apichatpong Weerasethakul hasn’t let success go to his head. Despite winning the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 2010 for his feature film Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, he remains committed to making prints and short video… READ ON

IN PRINT Summer 2014 [TOC]

Run Run Shaw (1907–2014)

Tony Rayns on Run Run Shaw (1907–2014)

March 2014

THERE WERE FOUR BROTHERS IN ALL, and the one later known as Run Run Shaw was the youngest. Large families were the rule in the China of the late Qing Dynasty, and the family patriarch, Shao Xingyin, undoubtedly expected his four surviving … READ ON


Truth or Consequences

Tony Rayns on the films of Imamura Sh˘hei

November 2012

THE GREAT IMAMURA SHÔHEI (1926–2006) effected a tactical withdrawal from the film industry at the end of the 1960s. The first sign that he wanted out had come several years earlier, in 1965, when he quit the major Nikkatsu and began producing… READ ON


Poetry in Motion

Tony Rayns on Terayama Shuji

April 2012

TERAYAMA SHUJI (1935–1983) famously did everything from offering refuge to runaway kids to providing the Japanese public with horse-racing tips, but he was foremost a poet. The liver disease nephritis, which killed him at a cruelly early age,… READ ON


Obayashi Nobuhiko’s House


November 2010

OBAYASHI NOBUHIKO’S killer-kitsch thriller House (1977) is a rare example of a movie that has had two entirely distinct lives. On first release in Japan, it was a big commercial hit for its producer, Toho. It made a rapid transition from … READ ON

IN PRINT November 2010 [TOC]