Abduction: The Megumi Yokota Story | Chicago Reader

Abduction: The Megumi Yokota Story

Some time ago I read an interview with the late South Korean filmmaker Shin Sang-ok, who had been abducted by North Korean agents and held captive for eight years so that dictator Kim Jong-il could play movie producer. Even more bizarre and poignant than that tale is this saga of Japanese civilians who were kidnapped to school North Korean spies in Japanese culture. The parents of the youngest victim, a 13-year-old girl named Megumi who was spirited away in 1977, never gave up their quest to find their daughter. The long campaign waged by the Yokotas and other families demanding Japan's diplomatic intervention forms the core of this haunting BBC digital documentary (2006) by the Canadian husband-and-wife team of Chris Sheridan and Patty Kim. In English and subtitled Japanese and Korean. 85 min.

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