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We Are X

The music documentary WE ARE X directed by Stephen Kijak’s which was awarded the Special Jury Prize for editing at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, will be released in theaters in New York and Los Angeles on October 21, 2016 via Drafthouse Films.

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.

WE ARE X directed by Stephen Kijak

X Japan was formed by childhood friends, Yoshiki and Toshi who ignited a musical revolution in Japan during the late 80’s with their melodic metal and flamboyant fashion. Their unique appearance and style created a Japanese cultural rock phenomenon known as “Visual-Kei,” a movement that spread globally. X Japan’s success was unprecedented, including 18 sold out nights at the Tokyo Dome (55,000 seats).

With more than 30 million albums sold worldwide, X is the most successful rock band in Japanese history. However, their success never translated to the West, despite influencing many popular American bands.

In the fall of 1997, at the height of their success, X broke up – devastating millions of fans and leaving enigmatic leader Yoshiki to battle physical and spiritual demons in a solitary campaign to bring their music to the world.

Twenty years after the tragedy-fueled split, Director Stephen Kijak’s exacting approach traces the arc of X — from phenomenal origins through tumultuous super-stardom and premature dissolution up to present day, as the band prepares to reunite for a show at the legendary Madison Square Garden while struggling to reconcile a past haunted by suicide, injury and cultish extremism with the insatiable thirst for perfection that has made them legendary.

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