Broadcast Film Critics Association announced their nominees for Best Music documentary, which includes Drafthouse Films’ forthcoming ‘WE ARE X.’ The nomination comes ahead of the film’s Friday, October 21 release in Los Angeles, followed by a nationwide expansion. Director Stephen Kijak and film subject, the legendary composer, musician and producer YOSHIKI, will appear for a series of Q&As opening weekend at Landmark’s NuArt Theatre in Los Angeles.
Produced by the Oscar-winning team behind Searching For Sugar Man, ‘WE ARE X’ is a beautifully shot and emotionally transcendent telling of the incredible story of X JAPAN, one of the biggest rock bands in the world.
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’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.
‘WE ARE X’ was produced by John Battsek of Passion Pictures, producer of two Academy Award-winning documentaries (Searching For Sugar Man, One Day in September). The film was directed by Stephen Kijak (Stones In Exile, Scott Walker: 30th Century Man).
Amidst a wash of synths, the song begins. For thirty seconds, the signal ebbs and …