MISSING: THE LUCIE BLACKMAN CASE on Netflix is a new true crime documentary movie. It’s a brutal case that does include answers. To both this and other crimes. Read our full Missing: The Lucie Blackman Case documentary review here!

MISSING: THE LUCIE BLACKMAN CASE is a new Netflix documentary in the true crime subgenre. While the case is covered in a chronological way, it does get a bit confusing at times as they jump between various leads.

Ultimately, the case of Lucie Blackman results in other crimes getting solved as well. It does, however, also highlight a broken system and uncovers a criminal who could’ve been stopped years sooner.

Continue reading our Missing: The Lucie Blackman Case documentary review below. On Netflix from July 26, 2023.

The struggle for attention

The 21-year-old British Air hostess Lucie Blackman moves to Tokyo for a year to explore the city and have a little adventure in her young life. The move from London to Tokyo is seemingly going well when she suddenly disappears.

One day, she vanished seemingly without a trace. Having worked as a “hostess” which is (to put it bluntly) a form of escort where the clothes stay on, the police seem less than eager to look into it. Also, the fact that she isn’t a Japanese citizen is also in the way of getting attention to her case.

Her father is quick to arrive in Tokyo and does all he can to keep Lucie’s face in the press. Always trying his best to make sure anyone who knows anything will step forward with information.

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A new team starts investigating

Ultimately, even the then-UK Prime Minister, Tony Blair, gets involved and a team of tenacious Japanese detectives take over the investigation. They are looking at many leads and everything from human trafficking to Lucie Blackman joining a cult is investigated.

When Missing: The Lucie Blackman Case began, I felt her father was a British arrogant man. However, my opinion changed very fast as I had to acknowledge that he was simply doing what was necessary. Kudos to him, for doing all that he could for his daughter.

It’s a very gripping true-crime feature documentary where all the key figures are interviewed and re-live the events of the long investigation.

Watch Missing: The Lucie Blackman Case on Netflix now!

The director of this new Netflix documentary is Hyoe Yamamoto. A previous project from this documentarist is the intriguingly titled Samurai and Idiots: The Olympus Affair from 2015. Also working on the documentary as a writer is Shoji Takao.

Having Japanese filmmakers on board is no doubt how so many of the original key figures got involved.

Ultimately, you’ll get all the answers. Getting there will take you to the seedy and dark underbelly of Tokyo. Ultimately leading to the tragic truth and discovering the many victims. All have fallen victim to one of Japan’s worst sexual predators.

Do check it out on Netflix, if you enjoy watching true-crime productions with a huge focus on the victims.

Missing: The Lucie Blackman Case is out on Netflix from July 26, 2023.


July 1, 2000. British 21-year-old Lucie Blackman goes missing in Tokyo, sparking an international investigation — and a years-long quest for justice.

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