Abduction: The Megumi Yokota Story
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The inexplicable disappearance of a 13-year-old Japanese girl prompts a 20-year international investigation that eventually leads to North Korea in directors Chris Sheridan and Patty Kim's harrowing tale of a most unusual abduction. It was a typical day in 1977 when adolescent student Megumi Yokota vanished from the Japanese coastline without a trace. Abducted by North Korean spies and spirited away to an unfamiliar land, Yokota would spend two decades on the Korean Peninsula as her parents embarked on a frantic and desperate search for their missing daughter. Award-winning filmmaker Jane… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This superb, quite moving film combines interviews, news footage and some reality TV-like sequences and works on a number of levels."
‑ Sid Smith, Chicago Tribune
"There's no denying the fascinating nature of the story, about a 13-year-old Japanese girl whose mysterious 1977 disappearance was ultimately credited to nothing less than a kidnapping by North Korean spies."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"This topic deserved better than America's Most Wanted."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"This is one of the best docs in quite a while."
‑ Eric Lurio, Greenwich Village Gazette
"Details a Japanese cause célèbre with ramifications for Pacific Rim Asia and, today, for world politics at the highest levels."
‑ Donald J. Levit, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"... as thickets of history and culture are (too) neatly avoided, the viewer is also left in the dark."
‑ Scott Brown, Entertainment Weekly
"Abduction uses interviews, vintage photos and re-creations to tell the sad story of love and hope in riveting, suspenseful style. So powerful is this film, it brought tears to my eyes."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Abduction is a skillful interweaving of emotional, personal stories with the thicker strands of history, and a reminder that in reality such tales rarely have a tidy end."
‑ Marc Mohan, Oregonian
"At heart, it remains a wrenching human-interest story about a group of family members who refuse to allow their loved ones to become casualties of international diplomacy by simply disappearing."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Abduction pushes its poignant buttons while casting Megumi's kidnapping as a heinous crime, yet to its credit, it consistently does so with a deftly understated, devastating touch."
‑ Nick Schager, Slant Magazine
"The events that unfold in the new documentary Abduction: The Megumi Yokota Story could have been told as fiction, but they would have seemed too much -- too unbelievable, too merciless."
‑ Anthony Lane, New Yorker
"Canadians Chris Sheridan and Patty Kim's spellbinding documentary focuses on the relentless search for the truth by Megumi's parents and families of other abductees."
‑ Jack Mathews, New York Daily News
"Incredibly powerful -- and never more so than when the filmmakers turn their cameras on the Yokotas and other victims' families, many of whom channel their pain and anger into political activism."
‑ Timothy Knight, Reel.com
"A touching but slender piece on the number one news piece in Japan. But what is the rest of the story?"
‑ Ron Wilkinson, Monsters and Critics
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