Monday, January 23, 2006


Sorry for not posting last night but the night of the premiere ended with lots of sake and beer so I was in no position to type anything intelligent. The family spent the evening at a Japanese restaurant letting loose following the premiere. The premiere was the most anxiety-laden event ever but everything seemed to work out fine. The Japanese media showed up big time for the opening night and most of them seemed to be happy with the results. The screening went really well with no technical glitches and no walkouts. Patty and Chris were hypersensitive to any movement, cough, shuffling of feet or movement. But the Japanese journalists who got audience reactions coming out of the screening said that every comment was very positive. The highlight of the evening was when the audience got to ask questions to a character in the film. Teruaki Masumoto came all the way from Tokyo for the screening. His sister was abducted in 1978 and he is part of the film (you'll have to see it to find out why!!). It was really refreshing for him to see so many Americans asking questions and reacting to the story of the abductions. Tuesday night we will do it all again when ABDUCTION screens for a second and final time. More celebrity sightings include John Malkovich, Michael Rappoport and Rosie O'Donnell.


At 10:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am very glad that people in the global human rights community are beginning to become aware of the bizzare and utterly tragic stories of those who had the misfortune to be abducted by North Korea. The people we know as 'the abductees' are unfortunately, just the tip of a much larger iceberg. (North Korea has clearly abducted many more people than any of the concerned governments care to admit.. and nobody ever has included as abductees the thousands of Japanese of Korean descent who were encouraged by Japanese discrimination to 'voluntarily return' to North Korea, many of whom met tragic ends..)

Totalitarianism is a very ugly thing.. Lets pray none of us ever experience it in our countries. It *can* happen here.

When the iron curtain of shattered lives and dreams around North Korea finally is dissolved by reality, those hills will have many many everyday people's stories in them that the world will need to hear. Lets hope that it listens.


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