Tony Rayns is a London-based director, critic, and film festival programmer who has a deep interest in East Asian cinema. He has written articles on periodicals such as Sight & Sound, Cinema Scope, Film Comment, and Artforum; he has also written books on Korean, Chinese, and Japanese movies. He directed the documentary film The Jang Sun-Woo Variations (2001) and recently showed a love affair for East Asian films by publishing a book on Wang Ji-wi’s works on Hwa Jae-yun (2000). Tony Rayns worked as a programmer for the Vancouver International Film Festival from 1989 to 2016; he has selected East Asian films and led the competition for the Dragons & Tigers Awards at the Vancouver International Film Festival for 20 years. He helped launching the 1st Busan International Film Festival, which started in 1996, and has continued to lead the Busan International Film Festival as a Festival Advisor. He received the Kawata Awards in Japan in 2004 and another award from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan in 2008; he was recognized for his contributions to East Asian films.