Abduction: The Megumi Yokota Story

Release date:January 12, 2007

Studio:Safari Media Film

Directors:Chris Sheridan, Patty Kim

MPAA Rating:N/A


Starring:Teruaki Masumoto, Sakie Yokota, Shigeru Yokota


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Plot Summary:

Executive produced by Academy Award winner Jane Campion, "Abduction" is a powerful human drama of a Japanese mother and father's grief and endless devotion, framed in a moving 30-year long search for their vanished child. Megumi was just 13 years old on that dark night in November 1977 when she was plucked from the streets not far from her home. Decades later, her parents discover the bizarre truth – their daughter was abducted by North Korean spies and was part of an espionage plot to kidnap Japanese civilians to use them as language trainers for the North Korean military. Megumi's parents, an ordinary banker and housewife, get caught up in an extraordinary international conflict; their personal tragedy lies at the center of one of today's most talked-about, most emotionally charged human rights and political crises in the East. Told in deliberate, bold true-crime style, using exclusive footage and exceptional access, the filmmakers weave an astonishing, suspenseful tale of espionage and ultimately, love. The film illuminates the direct impact the abduction issue has on Americans, as audiences discover that the abduction of this little girl unexpectedly affects the highest levels of US nuclear negotiations with North Korea.