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


X Japan ignited a musical revolution in Japan during the late 80's with their melodic metal & flamboyant fashion. 20 years after their tragedy-fueled split, enigmatic leader Yoshiki battles physical & spiritual demons alongside Western prejudices in a final attempt to bring their music to the world.

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The Death and Life of X Japan


Documentary | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language | See all certifications »

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English | Japanese

Release Date:

9 December 2016 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Мы - X See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,526, 23 October 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$45,028, 2 December 2016
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Available on both DVD and Blu-ray. See more »


Performed by X Japan
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I Am X
19 September 2018 | by liammcindoeSee all my reviews

I love watching music documentaries that expose or expand an artist. I was really interested to see this as I had heard of X Japan but didnt really know anything about them. If you are a looking for the story of X Japan then you will be disappointed as this movie really should have been called I Am X or I Am Yoshiki. Vocalist Toshi gets some coverage in the film but it's mostly from Yoshiki's perspective or conversations between the two. The narrative of the film is sadly the suicide of Yoshiki's father and two former X Japan members but also Yoshiki's physical issues. There is a lot of footage if Yoshiki crawling around onstage where he is apparently on the edge of passing out or worse. But it's hard to believe that others in the band or management would stand by and let this happen. It really seems like acting or he's doing it for dramatic effect, looking at tge crowd as flicks his hair. There is a lot of this kind of thing in this film and that unfortunately makes the member, especially Yoshiki seem like a fake and that is one of its biggest failings. Also there is very little music in the film so even after watching it I'm not driven to buy their music or even explore it more. Maybe this is an accurate representation of X Japan if so then I'm not interested learning anymore or it's bad film making. Who knows.

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