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We Are X

We Are X is a movie starring Yoshiki, Hiroshi Morie, and Sugizo. A documentary film about the legendary Japanese rock band X JAPAN.

Other Titles
WE ARE X, 我们是X
Running Time
1 hours 33 minutes
Quality
480p, 720p, 1080p, 2K, 4K
Genres
Music, Documentary
Director
Stephen Kijak
Actors
Sugizo, Yoshiki, Toshimitsu Deyama, Hiroshi Morie
Country
UK, USA
Year
2016
Audio Languages
اللغة_العربية, English, Deutsch, Français, Italiano, Español, Svenska, Gaeilge, Nederlands
Subtitles
اللغة_العربية, 日本語, Čeština, Tiếng Việt, Português, 한국어, Australia, Filipino, हिन्दी

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

Comments about music «We Are X» (23)

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Julia Gardner

The movie is full of great information and visuals. Unfortunately, the narrative tends to descend into farce at times. The documentary doesn't really convey a lot of information (being a mere three hours long), nor does it explore the various musical acts involved in the bands. There's no clear timeline throughout the movie as to how many times the members of the band got together and how many times they played together. You have to watch the movie for yourself to figure this out. The documentary is also so loud that it is hard to understand what is being said on screen at times. The soundtrack is also fairly disappointing. It's mostly rock music, but many of the songs are not really "rock" at all. It's obvious the writers tried to maintain the sound as rock music but unfortunately succeeded in creating more music that is just too obnoxious for the ears. It's not worth a second viewing.

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Jesse A.

I personally think the reviews of this film are pretty spot-on, although I must say that I was most impressed with what I have seen from most of the critics. I enjoyed the majority of the footage, particularly the video, and the producers did a great job of balancing it out with what actually happened and getting a concise explanation of the events. However, I could not help but wonder how many of the reviews were from people that weren't really involved with the actual events of the 1990's, and were simply hoping to get the opportunity to vent their frustrations about the way things turned out. I mean, how do you even know what was going on in Greece, for example? The movie did a good job of showing the breakdown of trust and the media's efforts to cover it up, and what the major impact was on the Greek people. One reviewer wrote: "At the time, what was happening in Greece was a major international scandal, which was even dubbed a "mini Pearl Harbor". But in the media, it was a closed affair. So it's easy to blame the journalists for this. In truth, there was almost no coverage of the events. Most journalists were either loyal to the Greek government, or didn't want to touch it, or simply didn't know what they were getting themselves into." The movie's most important message was not to judge the media for not covering the story, but to judge it for its biased coverage of the events. The mainstream media still decided to ignore, or give a passing, approval for the news media of Greece's involvement in the events. They didn't do this out of political correctness or the "benevolence" of not wanting to "pick sides" with the Greeks, they did it because it was a good story to cover. For this reason, I do agree with the message that "we are X" (as some reviewers have pointed out). The media shouldn't get to make that judgement. That is why I enjoy the movie, as it was trying to give a balanced view, although that approach will get some to disagree. As for the director, I found his commentary to be very informative, although his opinion is not shared by all. I didn't agree with his idea that the media's coverage was completely biased, but I think it's also true that in 90's, the media was not necessarily innocent in covering certain stories. The producers used the 10/11/90 crime wave in the European media to show what a scandal it was and what happened in that period. I think this is a great film. It certainly covers the news that happened that decade very well and it even has some interesting clips from the Greek media. The only thing I would've done differently is to have it focused on one day, or week, rather than focusing on the entire decade.

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Amber B.

I don't know why this isn't a bit more known. It's a fantastic documentary film, a must see, especially for X-Ray of a bitch and Batman and Robin fans. It tells a story about an influential X-performer who refuses to make his first album for years, is banned from performing, and then regains his freedom. It's filled with great, fascinating interviews and an amazing soundtrack. Fans will love the film, but non-fans should go see it, as it's great. I highly recommend this documentary.

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Arthur Y.

This was a very good movie and you could tell every scene was real. I feel like it's more a documentary than an action-packed movie. Even though it was all about music and giving people a good, honest look at the music industry, it still had a very good message. It gave people a better understanding of the music industry and it showed them how hard it is and the struggles they have to go through in order to get the things they want. This was a movie I definitely would recommend, because I think it's great.

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Beverly

With all the controversy surrounding Kim Dotcom and Megaupload this documentary is a must watch. Some of the footage isn't up to standard but it's still an important insight into the many facets of the industry. I was impressed by the level of detail, and so was most of the other people that I talked to. Kim Dotcom is portrayed as a charismatic, multi-millionaire who used the web to spread awareness about a potentially scandalous criminal activity. However, he also is portrayed as a loudmouthed, violent, vindictive individual who's hardly just a private individual at heart. I enjoyed watching this film but don't think it's going to be on your watch list. Definitely one to watch.

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Howard Ryan

We are X is a documentary about the history of the band U2, which was born in the late 1970's in Ireland. The band members themselves include one of the world's great singer/songwriters, the singer, the guitarist and the drummer. The film explores the band's history, as well as their current life and creative output. Through interviews with the band members themselves, the film also explores the bands place in the music industry, and the success of the band. Many of the questions the filmmakers ask during the documentary seem to be very similar to the ones asked in the U2's recent "Drones" documentary. It's not that the questions are same; in fact, I found that a few of the questions were asked in more depth during this film than during the documentary. For example, the filmmaker asked the band members about the rivalry between U2 and AC/DC, and I would expect that those questions are the same. In fact, the director was actually asking U2 members to participate in the U2-AC/DC rivalry, although I would have loved to see the same questions being asked by U2 fans and the U2 fans. There is also the same attitude from the filmmakers toward the band members. Although there are several famous musicians in the band, the film concentrates mostly on the band members themselves. The documentary does explore the band's past, their current position, and their creative output. There is also a lot of information that is not included in the documentary, but that is still very interesting. For example, the film includes interviews with some of the band members themselves, but it also does not explain why some of the band members' band members are related to each other. Other questions that I would have liked to see asked by the filmmakers were questions about the band's lyrics, as they do not seem to cover every song in the band's repertoire. However, it does give an insight into the artistic process of U2, and you can see how important a songwriter's craft is to the band. Overall, I think that the film itself is much better than the documentary. It is a good thing that the documentary doesn't just focus on the band's career, but also on their personal lives. If the film had focused on the band members' personal lives and their personal struggles, I would have been lost for a while. But the documentary does that very well, and leaves you wanting to learn more about U2. Although, if you are a U2 fan, then you can already see a lot of the questions that the filmmakers asked by just looking at the band's name, U2. A very good documentary that anyone should see.

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Larry

I saw the whole thing about a month ago, and I was thoroughly disappointed. The message-board posters made a good case for why the movie was highly overrated and under-rated. That is simply because the movie doesn't have a message. It's not even a story. There's a few awesome scenes like the USO tour, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and the actual drug selling. All these things do add to the story, but they are merely sequences. The movie is supposed to be about the people of Boston, but there is a lack of substance to the movie. They had the chance to really tell the story of what the people of Boston had done to one another in the past, but they didn't do it. There's one cool segment when the JumboTron crowd sings "Cool as Ice" to a backdrop of explosions, but I'm sure that's the only movie clip of the crowd ever shot. They really could've given more details about the subject matter, but instead they mostly focused on the personal stories. That's the weakest part of the movie, and it's the one thing that really made me wonder why I bothered to see it. There is some absolutely brutal imagery and hardcore performances, but it's not a serious look into drug culture. What it was, is a biopic of the 90s Red Hot Chili Peppers. That's all it is. There are no plot lines, or characters that are worthy of the time. It just serves as a tribute to the Red Hot Chili Peppers. I would watch it again, but I'm not sure I'd want to. It's a decent, if not great documentary. Just be aware that it doesn't have a message.

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Janet Spencer

For fans of artists, this is not the place to be, as there are not very many genuine interviews and questions are not very realistic. The movie offers no way to understand the history of rock'n'roll, a group of artists who were born in the 1960s and, for the most part, until the late 1980s, were all independent. It's an opportunity to get a good overview of their careers, and for the most part they all fall into an interesting category: the guitarists, the keyboard players, the singer/songwriters, the (very small) group of producer-band members, and the managers and label executives. The overall subject is more the music than the people who made it popular, and all the interviews take an artist-centric view, while the listeners and artists' peers get a lot more insight. But if you're really into the subject matter, you will not be disappointed. I think the two young up-and-comers - Gerard Way, better known as Way Too Many Cats and Fantomas, and Tyler Glenn, better known as Tyler Glenn' - get a lot of the most interesting and interesting moments of the film. There's a moment when they're sitting in the studio watching a recording session, and it's clear that they're not nervous; they just seem genuinely interested in the music, which is what the directors were focused on. Even if I'm not into rock music, I have to admit that this is a fascinating documentary.

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Kevin J.

An absolute gut-wrenching movie with the viewer being at one with the animals. Peter O'Toole is just a part of this. David Hyde Pierce is the only other character to whom the viewer can really connect. It's a sad commentary on human nature. It's a stark reminder that although the animals are wild, they are still human. It's a demonstration of human nature's desire to dominate and outlast the natural world. I like that all the shots of the animals are close up so you can get a glimpse of their motion. The movie is so much more than the animals' perspective. I also liked the juxtaposition of all the different people and their perspectives on the animals. The media or the movie-going public is portrayed as hysterical. In reality there are no different opinions, but the movie-going public is the only one who can make an accurate judgment of what is really going on. The irony of the whole thing is that these animals are the natural and will never be free of their humanity. To the filmmakers: For the last ten years you have been publicizing a petition. It's a monumental achievement.

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Donald

The film sees a cross section of the history of MEGADETH in their repertoire, which is split into two parts. The first is a history of the band from 1979, the second of the years since they formed. This aspect is handled in a straightforward manner, the latter half mainly covering their several eponymous albums and more recent material. The collection is presented in chronological order, so this might be a slight detractor, however it does give a more complete picture to their history than just their history in the 2000s. The history is presented in a documentary style, but the film itself is not too long, it runs for a relatively short 82 minutes. This does add a certain charm to the film, but there's still quite a bit of stuff to get through, so perhaps not everyone will be as patient as I was. This is not a deep film, it's not about rock and roll history, it's more about the band, their music, and their time, which is good and interesting. It is not a great film, and even if it is, I think it's worth watching just for the music. Some have found it very one-dimensional, but I think the film is about as unique as it gets. It is well produced, scored, and shot, I had no issues with the sound or image quality. It's just really solid, though it is not the kind of film where you go into it thinking "this is going to be great". It's actually pretty much just about the music, which is what this film is about, so I wouldn't go into it thinking that you are going to be emotionally moved by it. The film is quite pretty. It's about the band's music, not the people in it, and it's been done in a quite distinctive style. It's not as if you are expected to have sympathy for the band or care about their personal issues, but you don't have to. Overall, a solid documentary that captures the music, the band, and their feelings.

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Johnny

Everyone has seen the movie and they are not wrong. This movie can be compared to other films like 'Life is Beautiful', 'Bring it on' and 'L'Enfant Sauvage'. They are all the same in the way they have all been made. Maybe we have seen the movie before and not like it. I mean, the movie is not bad. It has had more improvement than the others. Some scenes were good like the one on the plane. The emotions that were expressed were very good. The person who played 'Bobby Jackson' was very good. But what I liked the most is the music. It gives you more emotion than a lot of other films. Not too bad at all.

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Jordan P.

This movie was the first time I had seen the band name "X". Seeing the video the first time was probably just as interesting as seeing the movie. I had no idea what the band was about before seeing the video, and still don't now. However, after seeing the video, it makes much more sense. It seems that "X" is an acronym for a band with a good record, but not much else. After seeing the video, you can see the band members are in a very "X" kind of situation. They are trying to find a way to get a job, get the money, put the band on the road, get signed, and so forth. They try to put together a "perfect" video to meet their goal of having a "good" record. Some of the shots they had to put together were very good, but I think they could have gone a lot further with the shoot. I was just happy to see the "X" in the title. I would say that this movie was a great example of the kind of movies to see when you're in a foreign country. That is to say, this movie was very similar to films like "The Shining", "The Godfather", and "The Untouchables". It really reminded me of the movies that I used to watch as a child when I first heard the names "X" and "X-treme". The music, the actors, the settings, the story, all just looked like that kind of movie to me. So, if you're in a foreign country, and you're a fan of music, this movie is a great movie to see.

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Kenneth S.

When I saw the trailers for this film I knew that it would be good, and it was. I really enjoyed seeing how the black bands came about. I also loved the performances of Tony and Erin. They played an excellent dance routine. I think this film is a great introduction to the bands and shows how different they were. Tony's brother Jerry is also very good. The only thing I did not enjoy was the vocals of Tony. I am not a big fan of Bob Marley, but I felt his voice was not high enough. Tony was good, but the singing was not his best. The story was good and the song about the music was great. I did enjoy this film, and it is definitely worth seeing.

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Christina

As someone who has been in the music business for more than 20 years, I have been through many doors and heard more than one story of the famous musician in those years. This documentary is no different than any other one. The music is beautiful. The memories are beautiful. But the story behind these accomplishments is much more exciting. From the hectic world of early-mid '70s rock and roll and the passing of superstar, Eddie Van Halen, to the beginnings of the urban sound of the '80s and, finally, the rebirth of U2 (or, I should say, its revival), I didn't believe the movie would end. Yet, it did, and I am glad. This is what I want from my movie. No drama, no special effects, just the music and the stories behind those legendary songs. I hope this movie does well, because it is so under-appreciated. This movie deserves to be seen by many people, because it is as good as it gets.

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Kathleen Pierce

This documentary is made by the people and institutions that once sponsored and organized a musical equivalent of a 1980s Watts riot, during the Harlem Renaissance. The interviewees include some of the most notorious personalities in the music world: Jones, Baez, Grand, Steve Lacy, Jeff Williams, Leconte, The Transporter, Spice, The Breeders, and many more, who provide a tour de force performance. The music - as ever - is the only thing there is to cover, although interviews with the "Watts Raggers" reveal the origins of the revolutionary music of Huey Newton, and other things. New documentary is outstanding in its analysis and compilation of interviews. A masterclass in music history.

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Kathy

This was a great documentary. Well done, really got me thinking about punk and music. I was reading about punk and called it a battle of the bands as it really wasn't about bands that are better than others. I was trying to say how punk is not a battle of bands. It was a battle of different styles. They all have their place in punk and it really is a battle between American vs European style. I think it is a great film. It could of been more in depth with the history. There could of been more info on a lot of bands such as Pennywise. What really bothers me is that MTV got it wrong on the bands that played and this documentary was just for the past of Pennywise. I think this documentary could have been more in depth with bands. I hope the next one has more to say on punk. I hope the next one does a better job with bands.

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Keith Harper

Well, there is no point of denying that it is a documentary and it is mostly talk and pictures. But there are many subjects covered in the documentary that go to deeper details that would make one seriously think about "what would they be like" if they were alive today. One thing that would make me greatly regret not checking this film out and seeing more about the lifestyles of the artists/ruling families of the great cities of the world is that, as it is shown in the film, the lives of the musicians would not be as great as they were. It is as if they used the lives of the great artists for inspiration and we only see the short side of it. I would recommend this documentary if you are interested in music, the artists and the politics of the music industry but you should also be interested in the lives of the artists as they live it. We are X is a great documentary and I would have to say that I recommend it to all who care about music. It is definitely worth checking out and I hope you get to see it as soon as possible.

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Beverly Wright

I was expecting a movie about their lives and not an interview, but I really didn't get what the focus was on. They did have a lot of fun talking about their experience and their lives, but I feel like it was missing the underlying part of what they were trying to tell us. I do appreciate the dedication the band puts into it, but I felt like their goal was missing in the end.

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Susan

THE FOURTH SIXTH IS AN EXCELLENT DEAL, since it is simply about musicians and musicians - not dance artists. It is totally sensational. The songs are upbeat, the documentary gives you a different perspective of how these musicians practice, of their talent and the various styles of music they play. It's a most enlightening experience, if you have even a minimal interest in music. The only criticism is the fact that it's just not a music documentary. If you have no interest in music, this documentary will not help you, as the content will not help you to develop a connection with the music. It's simply a document of music, and you will not be able to feel the same way about the documentary as you will for music. The DVD itself is of no consequence, since this is a great deal. The tracks are also well presented, and the videos are okay. The ratings are an issue for me. This is my second review of the DVD. Since this is my second DVD, and since the first is basically worthless, I had to write this one. However, since this is my first review, I can speak in the name of all the critics who gave this DVD 5 and 6 stars. They are wrong. This DVD is a great deal, and is worth your money. And if you are not that interested in music, this DVD is a great deal. It's a pity that this DVD is not very popular. If you are in the latter half of your 20s, you are not totally alienated from music, if you have experienced rock music, and you are not totally dumb, you can get an 8 out of 10. I, for one, am a fan of this music, and I am not totally dumb. So, go for it!

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Linda Fox

The movie stars Adam Driver and Tom Hardy as well as Matt Damon and Amy Adams, respectively. It's probably one of the more difficult rap albums to listen to, as there are very few memorable tunes and many of the songs sound like they're produced by a 4-year-old. But, I think it's more than worth it. It's the story of four young people in South London in the 1980s who have formed a legendary music group. The stories are all the stuff of pop culture cliche. We see the lives of the rappers' friends and family. In the 1980s, they were high-school dropouts who had been in the military, and had little knowledge about the rest of the world. Their biggest source of hope for the music industry was what they thought was the new album from a hip-hop group in France. The story takes place during this period, but you won't be able to tell the characters' real lives for the duration of the movie. There's not enough time to tell the backstory of the people, but it doesn't matter. In this case, it serves to make us think of where they came from and why they were there in the first place. It's this fascination for music that helps us relate with these people, but it's only through the music that they actually understand us. It doesn't really matter how important this music was to the people, or how important these rappers are to the world, because it's all in the music. The movie's focus is on the music. It makes you want to be the person who did things the way these rappers did. It's a nice reminder of where we came from. But I think the movie could have been more focused on the subjects without making the music itself the focus. What I think would have made the movie better is if there was a more personal aspect to the music. There is a lot of imagery of the music, and the stories are important, but I didn't feel like I was hearing the music. If there was an album that I could listen to that would make me get a more personal feeling about the songs, I think I would have enjoyed it more. So I think the movie was good and worth seeing, but I wouldn't pay to see it again. It's not a great movie, but it's worth seeing. You won't be disappointed.

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Sara

When I read that Bruce Springsteen was coming to Australia for a sold out concert I was surprised. While I love Springsteen's music I am not a fan of his style. It's not my type of music. However I liked Springsteen's performance on this film. I think the film makes the point that the country music movement in Australia was very similar to the music on the hit records that were produced by Bruce Springsteen. From the singing, to the singing style to the culture, the film shows the beauty and the sadness that comes with the music. It does show that there were many other famous and less well known singers who were influencing Bruce Springsteen. However Bruce Springsteen is clearly the most popular person in this film. I recommend this film to anyone who has had exposure to Bruce Springsteen's music.

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Jean Santos

While the movie is absolutely worth watching, there are a couple things that I found glaring errors with it. The first is in the actual film, where a reporter has one of her co-workers start to chat her up. When this happens, she starts to think it was the reporter's intention all along and has an awkward moment. The other error is in the only other interview, where I am confused as to why the girl was sitting in front of the camera the entire time. She seemed like she was focused on something and maybe she didn't know that the camera was there. Overall, this is a very interesting documentary about the rise and fall of Black Metal and the art form of Metal, the music, as well as the people involved in the creation of it. I was able to identify a lot of the interesting aspects that were very well done, and when you see the other interviews, they give a much more in depth view of the people involved in the rise of the genre and what it meant to them.

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Barbara Jones

Anatomy of a Spring Break Dance Fiasco: From the opening titles to the closing credits, this film is set in the midst of what could have been a really great musical moment. There is a lot of scenes, musical numbers, and more story within, but it just isn't quite there. Something's missing. The songs are great, but they don't fully pack the songs in that make up a full song. The story is lacking, but I'll be damned if it wasn't there for the movies sake. The guys are really into the music. The girls aren't. There are some moments of real communication among the participants that still work. There are really interesting shots and scenes from different parts of the dance world. This movie wasn't bad, but it could have been better. The movie is an amalgamation of many past films, most of which were marred by low quality editing or audio. They didn't really make the best of a bad situation. It might have been better if they have edited this more finely, the story could have been better. The film-makers had the potential to bring a whole new story to the screen. This is a story of a thing called love. It has it's share of hype, and hopefully, with some better editing, the story will have it's own chance.