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We Are X (2016)

Documentary, Music 1h 35m 2016

Under the enigmatic direction of drummer, pianist, composer, and producer Yoshiki, X Japan has sold over 30 million singles and albums combined — captivating such a wide range of admirers as Sir George Martin, KISS, Stan Lee, and even the Japanese Emperor — and pioneered a spectacle-driven style of visual rock, creating a one-­of­-a-kind cultural phenomenon.

Chronicling the band’s exhilarating, tumultuous and unimaginable history over the past three decades — persevering through personal, physical and spiritual heartache — the film culminates with preparations for their breathtaking reunion concert at New York City’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.

“This isn’t the normal rock & roll underdog story.” — Richard Whittaker, The Austin Chronicle

“Kijak’s entertaining and potent portrait is bound to become a favorite among fans and to persuade others to join the ranks of those under the loud spell of X Japan.” — Carlos Aguilar, Indiewire


Stephen Kijak


English, Japanese




United Kingdom, United States


Drafthouse Films

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