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We Are X (2016)

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

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

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Cast

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
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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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Taglines:

The Death and Life of X Japan

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Rated R for some language | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

9 December 2016 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Мы - X See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$7,526, 23 October 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$45,028, 2 December 2016
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Standing Sex
Performed by X Japan
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Great film about a great band!
29 June 2016 | by elenag_ruSee all my reviews

It's a great film about X Japan - one of the most unusual and flamboyant rock bands of the 20th century. It chronicles their rise to superstardom. X-Japan blew up traditional rock music and became the founders of J-rock, a musical genre that is becoming increasingly popular all over the world. Their role in the musical world can be compared to such rock giants as The Rolling Stones.

Director Stephen Kijak was able to get into the spirit of this incredible story and created an amazing, brutally honest film. He used plenty of unique photos and videos from the group's personal archives, for example, a video by David Lynch.

The film mesmerizes by its brightness and dynamism. The narrative changes fast, moving from everyday life to Yoshiki Hayashi's (the leader of the band) thoughts about life and death, and it shows that the life of musicians includes a lot of hard work and taking things to the limit.

Backstage footage from rehearsals and concerts, as well as interviews with band members where they talk about their youth, personal tragedies, losses and moments of triumph. Footage from the archive chronicles other important moments such as the split of the band and their last concert, the death of one of the guitarists, vocalist who got under the influence of the sect and reunion of the band many years later, all these events are proved by archive footage.

There are also videos of the concert to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Emperor Akihito's ascension, from Tokyo Dome and Madison Square Garden concerts. Interviews with Gene Simmons, Marylin Manson and Stan Lee, who respect the art of the band and personally know Yoshiki Hayashi. And during the whole film, you can hear the fantastic music of X Japan.

It is a life story of the musicians who had they ups and downs, times of happiness and pain, story about overcoming and moving forward. The film is worth watching to find out about musicians from Japan who conquered the hearts of people all over the world.


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