Wednesday, October 11, 2006


This has been postponed until Thursday 10/12/06 due to the plane crash in New York City.

Japanese abduction story will get its biggest audience yet

For Immediate Release

Washington, DC An award-winning film documenting the abduction of a Japanese girl by North Korean spies will get its biggest audience yet when CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360” covers the story for the first time tonight. “ABDUCTION The Megumi Yokota Story” will be part of a larger feature story on the Japanese abductions.
“We’re really hoping this will raise the profile of the abduction issue in America,” said Chris Sheridan, who produced and directed the film along with his wife Patty Kim. “Most Americans don’t know this story at all so this will be a great introduction to it.”
The “CNN Anderson Cooper 360” show’s producers heard about the story of the Japanese abductions when CNN’s Tokyo correspondent Atika Shubert first reported on the film back in January, 2006. They’ve been in discussions with the filmmakers ever since about doing a feature story on the Japanese abductions and the film.
“ABDUCTION The Megumi Yokota Story” documents the bizarre kidnapping of 13-year-old Megumi Yokota from Niigata, Japan in 1977. The film follows her parents’ emotional 30-year battle to bring her home. Hailed by the Los Angeles Times as a work of “narrative mastery” and by Variety as “exceptional”, the film’s won several awards including the prestigious Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Slamdance Film Festival.
The directors recently returned from a week-long media tour in Japan to promote the film’s upcoming theatrical release there in November. It will also open in Washington, DC at Landmark’s E Street Cinema on November 24th.

CNN Anderson Cooper 360 airs at 10pm Eastern Time/8pm Pacific Time in the US.

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For media inquiries, contact Yuko Kawabe at 1-703-350-3616


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