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We Are X (2016)

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A documentary film about the legendary Japanese rock band X JAPAN.


Stephen Kijak
2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »





Credited cast:
Yoshiki ... Self
Toshimitsu Deyama ... Self (as Toshi)
Tomoaki Ishizuka ... Self (as Pata)
Hiroshi Morie ... Self (as Heath)
Sugizo Sugizo ... Self
Hideto Matsumoto ... Self (archive footage)
Taiji Sawada ... Self (archive footage)
Gene Simmons ... Self
Wes Borland ... Self
Richard Fortus Richard Fortus ... Self
Marilyn Manson ... Self
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dir en Grey ... Themselves
Glay ... Themselves
Stan Lee ... Self


From the production team behind the Oscar® winning Searching for Sugar Man comes We Are X, a transcendent rock and 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 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 ... Written by wearexfilm.com

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The Death and Life of X Japan


Documentary | Music

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Performed by Yoshiki
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Story of a life time
8 March 2017 | by Ow3See all my reviews

A documentary about the Japanese cult heavy metal band X Japan. A band that came to influence a generation of Japanese teenagers and musicians but that struggled with internal dramas and tragic losses.

The documentary goes under the skin of band leader and drummer Yoshiki but fails to answer most of the questions that were raised during the bands mythological existence.

Why did they fire their first bass player in 1992? Yoshiki won't answer that.

Which cult brainwashed singer Toshi to the point where the band had to be disbanded, what did they do to him, and why?

Was Hides death a suicide, or just a a tragic accident?

The documentary is up close and personal, but fails to answer these questions which is largely part of why the band did what they did. We are X is still one of the most memorable music documentaries made in modern time, about a band whose whole life echo "We are X" within themselves and their millions of worldwide fans.

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English | Japanese

Release Date:

23 January 2018 (USA) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$7,526, 23 October 2016

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