Netflix’s Lucie Blackman Documentary Leaves Too Many Women’s Stories Untold

True-crime doc Missing: The Lucie Blackman Case skips over crucial details about the full impact of the investigation into the British woman’s disappearance in Japan.

Cropped Netflix poster for Missing: The Lucie Blackman Case
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WARNING: This article contains spoilers for Missing: The Lucie Blackman Case

When the Prime Minister intervenes in a missing person’s case, it’s enough to make the world sit up and take notice, especially in a pre-social media age. 

And as Netflix’s latest true-crime documentary shows, that’s exactly what happened when 21-year-old British tourist Lucie Blackman disappeared in Tokyo back in 2000. In Missing: The Lucie Blackman Case, we see that securing UK Prime Minister Tony Blair’s involvement in the investigation was largely the work of Lucie’s father Tim, who worked tirelessly to achieve widespread international media coverage in a bid to convince the Japanese police to take her case more seriously.

The documentary claims that the police’s initial apathy towards Lucie’s disappearance is because, sadly, young women went missing in Tokyo all too often, although usually for benign reasons. So, Tony Blair aside, what makes Lucie’s case worthy of a Netflix documentary? 


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