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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 »

Parents Guide:

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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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Production Co:

Passion Pictures,Prettybird See more »
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Available on both DVD and Blu-ray. See more »


Dear Loser
Performed by X Japan (as X)
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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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