ABDUCTION The Megumi Yokota Story

ABDUCTION The Megumi Yokota Story

  • Japan, USA
  • 85
  • STC

Japan, 1977: a 13-year-old girl mysteriously vanishes while walking home from school. Megumi Yokota’s disappearance prompts an all-out police investigation, but without suspects or evidence the case quickly goes cold. For 20 years, Megumi’s parents wait and wonder. Believing their daughter to be alive, they make numerous public appeals hoping to uncover a lead. Then a bizarre media story makes international headlines. In a bewildering announcement, North Korean President Kim Jong II admits to having abducted 13 Japanese citizens in the late 1970s and early ’80s in order to teach his spies the Japanese language and culture. Megumi’s parents are convinced their daughter is amongst them. Husband and wife filmmaking team Chris Sheridan and Patty Kim trace the Yokota’s incredible 30-year quest for the truth, a personal tragedy that builds to a clash between two nations. Mixing archival and contemporary footage, classic reportage and impressionistic imagery, the filmmakers pay testament to parental love for a child. Punctuated by shocking revelations and dramatic twists and turns, Abduction is an extraordinary tale of love and espionage. The film’s Executive Producer is Jane Campion, the Oscar-winning director of The Piano. Karen Tisch Co-presented with the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival.

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