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We Are X

HD   R Closed Captioning

Stephen Kijak

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About the Movie

A transcendent rock & roll story about 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. 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.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 23
  • Fresh: 18
  • Rotten: 5
  • Average Rating: 6.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: This high-intensity group - resplendent in the plumage of a Sunset Strip hair band, and playing a kind of prog-metal - delivers the goods. In any language. – Andy Webster, New York Times, Nov 3, 2016

Fresh: Invoking the spirit of an epic rock show, "We Are X" expresses all the energy, joy and sadness of X Japan's music. – Kimber Myers, Los Angeles Times, Oct 27, 2016

Rotten: A maddeningly vague primer. – Simon Abrams, Village Voice, Nov 2, 2016

Fresh: The film is a rush, all right, but it's also a soulful look at Yoshiki, who although rarely without his dark glasses, still seems very revealing. – G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle, Oct 27, 2016

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Customer Reviews

Wonderful history and insight of a Fantastic band you might not know exists

Even though I knew nothing about this rock group I still have a curiosity about any group of musicians that were able to be so successful. I want to know how they made it to the top, how the band members loved or just tolerated each other, how the band pulled through fallen friends, the bands initial demise and how it rose from the ashes. I have only experienced a small sample of what made them so wonderful but had no idea of the depth that these musicians had achieved. As an American I believe that we miss out on many wonderful artists due to the language difference and this is was a huge problem for X Japan. This movie is the history of Rock and Roll in Japan!

Art in its purest form

I've been an X JAPAN fan since 2013 when I came across their song "Endless Rain" on YouTube. It was from the Last Live and I was simply so taken by everything about it. This past October I drove to LA to see this documentary and was moved to tears on several occasions. It captures the story of X JAPAN in such a beautiful and heartbreaking way that I'm left without words. I treasure X JAPAN; their lyrics and their melody and have no doubt that their music will live on forever. It really does transcend boundaries and all I can say is that I'm glad I learned about them. I am forever X. We Are~

Have you heard?

There are many Americans like me who are unfamiliar with X Japan, the metal/balad/glam Japanese band. This documentary is excellent and worth watching. The bands leader, Yoshiki is a musical genius whose looks and undeniable talent form the foundation for the band and for the documentary. On stage he can be a bit melodramatic, but his interviews ring with a remarkable honesty and sensitivity. I fully believe what Gene Simmons says: "If they spoke native English... they would have been be the biggest band in the world"! You may have trouble deciding which of Yoshiki's abilities you most respect; his drumming, his vocals or his piano. His classical work is wonderful as well!

We Are X
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2016

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