We are X

Engrossing...an entertaining and potent portrait.


We are X

From the production team behind the Oscar® winning Searching for Sugar Man comes We Are X, a transcendent rock & 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-of­a-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.

"Among the most uplifting music docs I've seen at Sundance, period." ––Newsweek

"A visual feast." ––Nerdist
Documentary, Music, Rock Doc
English, Japanese
Stephen Kijak
Yoshiki, Toshi, Pata
Kimber Myers, Los Angeles Times

Invoking the spirit of an epic rock show, “We Are X” expresses all the energy, joy and sadness of X Japan’s music. There’s no shortage of chest-rattling bass and ceiling-grazing pyrotechnics in Stephen Kijak’s documentary, but it also intimately reveals decades of trouble in the Japanese metal group ...

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