"If you're really paying attention, there's a lot going on, because really it's a portrait of Yoshiki, and it's a story of the band kind of refracted through his prism." Stephen Kijak ( Director)
An unforgattable, visceral rock'n'roll journey from the producers of Searching for Sugarman!
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 tragedyfueled split, director Stephen Kijak traces the arc of X – from the band's origins through tumultuous super-stardom and premature dissolution up to the present day, as the band prepares to reunite for a show at the legendary Madison Square Garden while struggling to reconcile a past still haunted by suicide, injury and cultish extremism, with their insatiable thirst for perfection. An unforgettable, visceral rock'n'roll journey from the producers of Searching for Sugarman!
2016 LONDON, SUNDANCE, SXSW, SHANGHAI, VANCOUVER, SEATTLE
Born in 1969, Stephen Kijak received a degree in Broadcasting & Film from Boston University. His first feature Never Met Picasso premiered in 1996 and enjoyed great success at international film festivals. His Cinemania (2002), Scott Walker – 30 Century Man (2008, !f 2009), and Jaco (2015) were also instant hits on the festival circuit.