Drafthouse Films To Release Award-Winning Music Doc ‘We Are X’ This Fall


At this year’s SXSW (South by Southwest) Film Festival in Austin, the festival’s keynote speaker President Barack Obama was the most tweeted topic. But second to the president was We Are X. No, it has nothing to do with X-Men but rather X JAPAN, the world’s biggest and most successful band you’ve never hear of…until now!

Check out this festival trailer highlighting the documentary.

“You will not believe the trials and tribulations that the arena-filling, mega-band X JAPAN have faced in their 30 year career,” says Drafthouse Films founder Tim League. “This documentary will leave you equally breathless and uplifted. It is the best music doc of the year, and we are honored to bring it to American audiences.”

Drafthouse Films, theatrical distribution label of Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas, is no stranger when it comes to music documentaries. In 2013, they released A Band Called Death, an inside look at a punk band before punk rock even existed. It was met with critical acclaim; We Are X has already been generating buzz when it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival where it picked up an editing award. The team that brought the Academy Award doc Searching for Sugar Man looks to make sure everyone knows the story about X JAPAN. Over the course of two years, filmmaker Stepehn Kijack (of Stones in Exile, Scott Walker: 30th Century Man) chronicled drummer, pianist, composer and producer Yoshiki and collected soundbites from celebrity admirers including Sir George Martin (Game of Thrones), KISS, and Stan Lee. Even the Japanese Emperor is a fan of X JAPAN!

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X JAPAN (L-R): Pata (guitar), Heath (bass), Yoshiki (composer, drums, piano), Toshi (vocals) and Sugizo (violin, guitar).

We Are X will open in New York and Los Angeles on October 21, 2016, followed by nationwide expansion.


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