Directed by: Stephen Kijak 2015 | 93 min.

Section: Sound X Vision

Premiere: Hawaii Premiere

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Countries: Japan, United States

Languages: English, Japanese, with English subtitles

Genres: Biography, Culture, Documentary, Music


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From the production team behind the Oscar® winning SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN comes WE ARE X, a transcendent rock & roll story about X Japan, the world’s biggest and most successful band you’ve never heard of...yet.

Under the enigmatic direction of drummer, pianist, composer, and producer Yoshiki, X Japan has sold over 30 million singles and albums combined––captivating a wide range of admirers such as Sir George Martin, KISS, Stan Lee, and even the Japanese Emperor––and pioneered a spectacle-driven style of visual rock (visual kei), creating a one-­of­-a-kind cultural phenomenon, leading other visual kei groups in its heyday of the 1980s and 1990s like Larc-en-Ciel, Dir-en-Grey and many others.

Chronicling the band’s exhilarating, tumultuous and unimaginable history over the past three decades (ranging from national mourning when one of the band mates committed suicide, resulting in copycat suicides by fans) ––persevering through personal, physical and spiritual heartache––the film culminates with preparations for their breathtaking reunion concert at New York’s legendary Madison Square Garden. Directed by acclaimed documentarian Stephen Kijak (STONES IN EXILE, SCOTT WALKER: 30 CENTURY MAN), WE ARE X is an astonishingly intimate portrait of a deeply haunted—but truly unstoppable—virtuoso and the music that has enthralled legions of the world’s most devoted fans.


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Cast & Crew

Director Stephen Kijak
Producer John Battsek, Diane Becker, Jonathan McHugh, Jonathan Platt
Cast Yoshiki , Toshi , Pata , Sugizo , Hiroshi Morie
Cinematographer Sean Kirby, John Maringouin
Editor Mako Kamitsuna, John Maringouin
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