Scott Brown
January 24, 2007 AT 05:00 AM EST

Abduction: The Megumi Yokota Story

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
runtime
85 minutes
Limited Release Date
01/12/07
director
Patty Kim, Chris Sheridan
distributor
Safari Media
genre
Documentary

We gave it a B-

It’s a tall order, tackling an international kidnapping crisis and 60 years’ worth of Japanese-North Korean relations in an 85-minute documentary. So Abduction doesn’t even try, instead telling the tale of Megumi Yokota, a 13-year-old Japanese girl whisked off by Kim Jong Il’s spies on her way to school in 1977. For 20 years, Megumi’s family doesn’t know where she is; when they find out, the frustrations and uncertainties only mount. But as thickets of history and culture are (too) neatly avoided, the viewer is also left in the dark.

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