6th CUFF.Docs

Nov 28 - Dec 2, 2018

16th Calgary Underground Film Festival

April 22-28, 2019

details

Documentary / Music

Japanese with English subtitles
18+ Licensed Screening
95 minutes

credits

Director
Stephen Kijak

Producers
John Battsek, Diane Becker

Co-Producer
Jonathan McHugh, Jonathan Platt            

Cinematographer            
Sean Kirby, John Maringouin

Music Composer                
Yoshiki

Official Website
wearexfilm.com

Facebook
facebook.com/wearexfilm

Twitter
@wearexfilm

community

awards

Winner Editing Award, World Cinema - Documentary Sundance Film Festival 2016

Community Partners

We Are X

Japan, United Kingdom, United States, 2016 : Alberta Premiere
Archives 2016
None

description

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 records, and pioneered a spectacle driven style of visual rock.

Chronicling the band’s exhilarating, tumultuous and unimaginable history over the past three decades, the film culminates with preparations for their reunion concert at New York’s legendary Madison Square Garden.
 
Produced by the team behind the Oscar winning SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN, WE ARE X is an intimate portrait of a deeply haunted – but truly unstoppable – virtuoso and the music that has enthralled legions of the world’s most devoted fans.

OFFICIAL SELECTION            
Sundance Film Festival 2016
SXSW 2016
Seattle International Film Festival 2016

DIRECTOR’S BIO
Stephen Kijak’s credits include the critically acclaimed BAFTA nominated feature doc SCOTT WALKER: 30 CENTURY MAN, the celebrated cult documentary CINEMANIA , and the platinum selling STONES IN EXILE (for The Rolling Stones & Passion Pictures). In 2012, he teamed with Passion Pictures again on a doc about the late, great legend of the electric bass, 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.

press for We Are X

"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."
- IndieWire
"It’s one of those ‘so crazy you couldn’t make it up’ sorts of things."
- Variety

screened with a short film

Johnny Physical Lives

United States, 2015, 22 Minutes, Director Joshua Neuman

A love letter from brother to another uses animation to mythologize Jonathan's fantasy life as punk singer Johnny Physical.