We Are X

World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Best Editing


World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Best Editing

The music never had to be explained. For childhood friends Yoshiki and Toshi, forming their band X in 1982 was a way of living through music. Soon they were selling out international stadiums by perfecting their own style of amps-to-11 glam rock—dubbed “psychedelic violence crime of visual shock” (imagine Iron Maiden with a David Bowie spirit animal)—and connecting with millions of fans.

Their journey to play Madison Square Garden amidst a Beatlemania-shaped maelstrom is expertly captured by director Stephen Kijak and editors Mako Kamitsuna and John Maringouin, who dismantle the kitsch and dig into the cult of personality to reveal a story of misfortune and tragedy that has shadowed the band time and again. Just as it is for their fans, music becomes a lifeblood for X Japan, as they are forced to reinvent and regroup in order to survive. Cameos by artistic giants including Marilyn Manson and David Lynch mark some memorable moments in this roller-coaster musical experience.

YEAR 2016


COUNTRY United Kingdom/U.S.A./Japan

RUN TIME 92 min

LANGUAGE English and Japanese

SUBTITLES Yes with English subtitles

COMPANY Passion Pictures

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Artist Bio

Stephen Kijak

Stephen Kijak’s credits include the BAFTA-nominated feature documentary Scott Walker: 30 Century Man, the cult documentary Cinemania, and the platinum-selling Stones in Exile (for the Rolling Stones and Passion Pictures). He teamed with Passion Pictures again in 2012 on a documentary about the electric bass legend Jaco Pastorius. January 2015 saw the worldwide event-cinema release of Backstreet Boys: Show ‘Em What You’re Made Of. He is a lapsed drummer who resides in Los Angeles.