Thursday, November 15, 2007

ABDUCTION marks girl's kidnapping 30 years ago

November 14, 2007
For immediate release

Washington, DC -- On the eve marking 30 years since 13-year-old Megumi Yokota was kidnapped by North Korean spies, Safari Media is releasing new footage from their award-winning documentary about her disappearance. The official DVD of ABDUCTION The Megumi Yokota Story is now available online at The DVD includes:

* Deleted scenes from the original film
* Subtitles in 8 languages including: English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese and German
* A short documentary on the making of ABDUCTION
* A Q&A with the directors at their Washington, DC Premiere
* A rare interview with Executive Producer Jane Campion

Megumi Yokota was taken on November 15th, 1977 while walking home from school. ABDUCTION The Megumi Yokota Story follows her parents' incredible journey to try to get her back. Winner of six festival awards and called "extraordinary" by the Los Angeles Times and "engrossing" by the New York Times, ABDUCTION will have you on the edge of your seat right up to the end of the film. The story of Megumi has captured the hearts and emotions of audiences all over the world and is now considered an important tool in Japan's efforts to get answers on the abductions of its citizens. Megumi's fate is also one of the key sticking points at talks aimed at ending North Korea's nuclear weapons program. Japan is hesitant to support any initiatives designed to denuclearize North Korea unless Pyongyang reveals information about the fate of Megumi and others abducted by North Korea.
The film's been shown in 20 countries and will make its US Television premiere next spring on PBS's award-winning series Independent Lens, which reaches a million people every week. "We are really excited to be sharing this story with an even bigger audience," said Chris Sheridan, who co-directed the film along with his wife Patty Kim. "The multiple languages, the extra material and the new insights into the lives of the people at the center of this film will give audiences a better understanding of what happened 30 years ago."
The Executive Producer of ABDUCTION is Jane Campion, the Oscar-winning director of The Piano. ABDUCTION is produced in association with the BBC and with the assistance of Fuji TV.

For interviews, contact Yuko Lanham at 703-350-3616
For info on the film, visit


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