—The place to go for film lovers

Education, Fun &..., General, Japan | 18 Jun 2012


Living in Japan, I don’t always have access to the movies I want to see:

  • Most new releases are no longer new by the time they reach Japan
  • Many movies never make it here at all.
  • My local DVD shop is fairly limited in what they offer.
  • Netflix doesn’t exist.
  • Foreign films are shown in their native language and sub-titled in Japanese.
  • Amazon and other online DVD sellers are often not permitted to sell certain titles to “your region” and so on.

You get the picture. So, Filmspotting is a godsend.



This weekly podcast began broadcasting way back in March of 2005, and is still going strong. For me, one of the shows strongest points is their archive of broadcasts, which is the equivalent of having an encyclopedia of film history at your fingertips—only more entertaining.

The brainchild of host Adam Kempenaar and his beautiful voice, Filmspotting has been graced with three co-hosts since its launch. These guys know their stuff, come to the table well prepared, and look at film from a variety of angles and perspectives.

Josh Larsen and Adam Kempenaar

Josh Larsen and Adam Kempenaar

Film Marathons

Especially interesting are their Film Marathons, where they concentrate on certain directors or genres. Here is a list of Marathons they have done since the show’s inception seven years ago. If you want to learn about the history of film, this is a great place to begin:

They also end their show each week with a Top Five List based on the week’s theme. This is also great stuff—both highly entertaining and a great education. Who could ask for better than that!


My Top Five Films of All Time

Before closing, I might as well mention my top five films of all time.

1. Casablanca



2. Rear Window

Rear Window

Rear Window

3. Fargo



4. Unforgiven



5. Secrets and Lies

Secrets and Lies

Secrets and Lies

Tags: , , , , , , ,

Leave a Reply

* - fields are required

Mutsuki's Moderator

About Me!

Born on Long Island, New York in 1958, Larry Knipfing has spent the last 30+ years of his life living in Japan, and loving every minute of it! Kamakura, and now Yokohama both in Kanagawa Prefecture, have been his home for almost twenty years, and are the perfect places to be: hilly, situated on the water, and with amazing histories.

Contact Larry

Mutsuki's Home

View Larger Map