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Abduction: The Megumi Yokota Story (2006)

A documentary on a 13-year-old Japanese girl abducted by North Korean spies.


Patty Kim
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Credited cast:
Teruaki Masumoto Teruaki Masumoto ... Himself
Megumi Yokota Megumi Yokota ... Herself (archive footage)
Sakie Yokota Sakie Yokota ... Herself
Shigeru Yokota Shigeru Yokota ... Himself


A documentary on a 13-year-old Japanese girl abducted by North Korean spies.

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One girl. Two nations. The shocking truth.


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Release Date:

25 November 2006 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

I apagogi See more »

Filming Locations:

Tokyo, Japan


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Opening Weekend USA:

$5,034, 26 November 2006

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Referenced in Megumi (2008) See more »

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So Compelling And So Heartbreaking
14 March 2009 | by crossbow0106See all my reviews

I noticed this was playing on PBS just a day or so ago, and I saw it in the theaters so I decided not to watch it again because the film left such a mark on me. The story is about a mother and father in Japan whose young daughter was abducted and taken to North Korea to help teach Japanese. The film shows the struggle of the parents trying to find information on their child. What really grips you is the time factor. This did not happen in the new millennium, it happened a few decades ago. Not only do you feel the parent's torment, you become angry. You'll also find that others were abducted and many died young under mysterious circumstances. This is a very powerful film and it is not scripted, it is a documentary. It chronicles something I was not aware of. You may really hate North Korea after watching this, but I think you'll hate more that no answers (or, answers that sound like half-truths) are given. Maybe its hard to watch more than once, but you have to see it. When I watched it in the theater, my mouth was open and I was shaking my head, wanting to embrace the couple of then child. It'll move you. Its on the show "Independent Lens". Otherwise, rent or buy it. Its that good.

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