2016 Schedule

Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20

We Are X

Wednesday, March 16
10:45AM - 12:19PM


Hashtags: #sxsw #wearexfilm

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. In the fall of ‘97, at the height of their success, X broke up - devastating millions of fans. Twenty years after the tragedy-fueled split, Director Stephen Kijak’s 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.

Section: 24 Beats Per Second
Country: United Kingdom, United States
Language: English and Japanese with English Subtitles
Year: 2016
Runtime: 94min

Director: Stephen Kijak

Producer: John Battsek, Diane Becker, Jonathan McHugh, Jonathan Platt

Cinematographer: Sean Kirby, John Maringouin

Editor: Mako Kamitsuma, John Maringouin

Music: Yoshiki

Additional Credits: Assistant Editor: June Okada, Jean-Pierre Caner


Stephen's credits include SCOTT WALKER – 30 CENTURY MAN, CINEMANIA and STONES IN EXILE. January 2015 saw the release of a feature documentary about the biggest-selling boy band of all time, called BACKSTREET BOYS: SHOW 'EM WHAT YOU'RE MADE OF. The film broke iTunes pre-sale records and was a massive fan-favorite the world over.

Sales Agent: Liesl Copland, WME; Kevin Iwashina, Preferred Content

Public Film Contact
Diane Becker
Passion Pictures
(323) 620-3806

Publicity Contact
Scott Feinstein



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