Abduction – the Megumi Yokota Story


In my hungover state yesterday, I watched a brilliant, moving documentary called “Abduction – the Megumi Yokota Story”. It was shown on BBC Four earlier this week.

It’s about a 13 year old girl who was kidnapped from her home in Japan and taken to North Korea where she was made to teach spies Japanese and Japanese ways. The film basically follows Megumi’s parents as they try to find out what happened to their daughter.

It’s a really, really sad documentary – I am not ashamed to admit it moved me to tears at one point – it’s really that sad. Megumi’s parents really deserve an award for their sheer persistence and obvious love they still have for their daughter. I won’t give the ending away, but the whole abduction story (it happened to other Japanese people as well) is just unbelievable and horrible.

Unfortunately it doesn’t seem to be being repeated any time soon, but if you can catch it somewhere, make sure you tune in. You can watch the trailer here.

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