Official Trailer for 'We Are X' Doc About Japanese Rock Band X Japan

September 12, 2016
Source: YouTube

We Are X Documentary Trailer

"If you put everything into something, you don't lose." Drafthouse Films has debuted an official trailer for the documentary titled We Are X, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. We Are X is about the Japanese rock band known as X Japan, "the world’s biggest and most successful band you’ve never heard of…yet." They're a Japanese rock band formed in 1982 by childhood friends Yoshiki and Toshi with "glam rock" music dubbed "psychedelic violence crime of visual shock." This doc tells their story, not only about their formation, but about their rise to fame and journey to play Madison Square Garden. This looks like a wacky, weird, but fun doc about a one-of-a-kind band. It's being released by Drafthouse Films which means there's definitely an edge to this that will make it worth watching. Check out the trailer below.

Here's the official trailer (+ poster) for Stephen Kijak's documentary We Are X, direct from YouTube:

We Are X Poster

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. We Are X is directed by documentarian Stephen Kijak (Stones in Exile, Scott Walker: 30 Century Man). This premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and played at SXSW and London. Drafthouse Films will release We Are X in select theaters starting October 21st. Interested?

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On the one hand the documentary looks visually very intriguing and well done and I'm all for being exposed to other cultures. But I can't look past the fact that their music is very mediocre. These guys would never make it past the local scene in the States to be honest.

InNolanWeTrust on Sep 12, 2016


If you consider where they are from, it becomes much more significant. Here in America, we are spoiled by individual thinking and rogue creativity. In a lot of other places they think much more collectivist, making any breaks in the chain of society A LOT more meaningful. In addition, it may only sound average to you because this genre of music was washed out when it became popular. In 1982, in Japan, this would have been a big deal.

DAVIDPD on Sep 12, 2016


Great comment David ...

shiboleth on Sep 12, 2016


Context is the key word.

tarek on Sep 13, 2016


Their music isn't my cup of tea either, but I watched their final performance as a complete group (one of the core members, Hide, sadly took his life shortly after). The emotion is palpable, particularly the song "Endless Rain"...The band members can barely hold it together as the crowd sings the chorus. The high praise from the other musicians in the documentary is well deserved in my opinion, in terms of what they did to showcase Japan's music to outsiders as well as usher in basically a new movement (visual kei).

Transmillion on Sep 12, 2016


I just started to listen The Cramps again. Among others. For no reason, they sound good to me again. Music in this trailer is something different, but I like their story so I am interested in seeing this ...

shiboleth on Sep 12, 2016


Well up for watching this, musically it doesn't interest me so much, but seeing the amount of energy and self hat they put in, I reckon it will be worth it.

Carpola on Sep 12, 2016

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