Indie distrib picks up 'Yokota Story'
TOKYO — Gaga has acquired “Abduction: The Megumi Yokota Story” from Safari Media for Japanese release.
The doc, about a Japanese teen abducted three decades ago by North Korean agents — and whose parents still refuse to believe North Korean claims about her death — was produced and directed by an American couple, Chris Sheridan and Patty Kim.
Screened at this year’s Slamdance fest, it scooped the Audience Award and has since played at several other fests. It was produced by Safari with assists from BBC and Fuji TV.
“Megumi,” will be the first theatrical pic on an abductee to be released in Japan, with a November release slated. An indie distrib that is now a sub of the Usen Group, Gaga also handled the hit docs “Fahrenheit 9/11” and “Rize.”