On March 11th, X JAPAN and Passion Pictures revealed the trailer for their award-winning documentary film WE ARE X, which is currently being screened at SXSW in Austin, TX. The film was first premiered in the 11th, but two more screenings of the documentary will occur, one of which will happen just before a special performance from YOSHIKI. The film was awarded "Best Editing" during the 2016 Sundance Festival and is now a finalist fo the SXSW Film 2016 Award for Excellence in Title Design.
The screenings for WE ARE X are as follows:
- WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16 (Topfer Theater-Zach, 10:45a)
- FRIDAY, MARCH 11 (Satellite venue: Marchesa, 6:30p)
- FRIDAY, MARCH 18 (Paramount Theatre, 5:30p)
- Yoshiki To Perform Live Immediately After (tickets here)
Check out the trailer here:
WE ARE X explores the evolution, groundbreaking history and hopeful future of the land of the rising sun’s most culturally significant and iconic rock group. From X JAPAN’s massive success (over 30 million albums, singles and videos sold) and sold-out tours worldwide, WE ARE X chronicles the triumphs and tragedies of this legendary quintet who continue to tour the world performing sold-out shows at massive arenas in 16 countries throughout the U.S. and Europe.
Three screenings of WE ARE X will be part of the SXSW Film Festival’s “24 Beats Per Second” which showcases the sounds, culture and influence of music and musicians with an emphasis on documentary and is open to both music and film badge-holders. On Friday, March 18 at 7:15pm immediately following the WE ARE X screening at the Paramount Theatre, YOSHIKI--songwriter, drummer, classically-trained pianist and the creative force of X JAPAN will perform classical versions of X JAPAN’s songs with a string quartet live on stage. Tickets for YOSHIKI’s 7:15pm performance are available in advance (here) and at the Paramount Theatre box office.
About WE ARE X:
WE ARE X was produced by John Battsek of Passion Pictures, producer of two Academy Award-winning documentaries (Searching For SugarMan, One Day In September), and directed by Stephen Kijak (Stones In Exile, Scott Walker: 30th Century Man). The film won the Special Jury Award for “Best Editing” at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival Awards (Jan. 20) in Park City, UT. WE ARE X -- edited by Mako Kamitsuna and John Maringuoin and assisted by June Okada--earned rousing ovations during its six Sundance screenings throughout film festival. X JAPAN--YOSHIKI (drums/piano/composer), TOSHI (vocals), PATA (guitar), HEATH (bass), SUGIZO (violin/guitar) alongside their fallen brothers HIDE (guitars, 1987-1997) and TAIJI (1986-1992)--are currently laying down tracks in a Los Angeles studio for their as-yet-untitled album, which is due for a worldwide release in late 2016.
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