Abduction: The Megumi Yokota Story 

Directed by Patty Kim and Chris Sheridan

As with most rumors about North Korea that escape the censorship of Kim Jong II, this one is stranger than fiction. From the 70s on, North Korean special agents kidnapped hundreds of Japanese citizens, holding them captive to extract from them Japanese language and customs. Abduction documents the difficulties that the Japanese (who exercise no regular diplomacy with North Korea) face when it comes to negotiating the release of their citizens. Smart and moving, this film shows both the red-tape tangles as well as the emotional struggles of the families who impatiently await the return of their abducted loved ones.

Opens January 12 at Cinema Village

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