By Scott Brown
Updated January 24, 2007 05:00 AM
Abduction: The Megumi Yokota Story

It’s a tall order, tackling an international kidnapping crisis and 60 years’ worth of Japanese-North Korean relations in an 85-minute documentary. So Abduction doesn’t even try, instead telling the tale of Megumi Yokota, a 13-year-old Japanese girl whisked off by Kim Jong Il’s spies on her way to school in 1977. For 20 years, Megumi’s family doesn’t know where she is; when they find out, the frustrations and uncertainties only mount. But as thickets of history and culture are (too) neatly avoided, the viewer is also left in the dark.