Passion Pictures and X Japan have announced that the critically acclaimed film WE ARE X about Japan’s most successful rock band of all time will be released theatrically across Europe this October.
The film’s chart-topping soundtrack which boasts an impressive selection of X Japan’s back catalog and the newly-released theme song, “La Venus”, is currently available through Sony Music’s Legacy Recordings (a division of Sony Music Entertainment).
Directed by acclaimed documentary filmmaker Stephen Kijak (Stones in Exile, Scott Walker: 30 Century Man), and produced by the Oscar-winning production team behind Searching for Sugar 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. It was officially selected for the Sundance Film Festival, SXSW and the BFI London Film Festival, winning multiple awards and critical praise from New York Times, MTV UK, Classic Rock Magazine, and many more.
Hailed as “The most dramatic rock story you’ve never heard” by MTV UK, WE ARE X is a transcendent and beautifully shot rock & roll story about the most successful rock band in Japanese history, X JAPAN. They’ve sold over 30 million albums, singles and videos combined, sold out Japan’s 55,000-seat Tokyo Dome a record 18 times, and played to tens of thousands of fans outside of Japan. Under the enigmatic direction of YOSHIKI — composer, classically-trained pianist, drummer, and the creative force behind the group —- X JAPAN has captivated a wide range of admirers as Sir George Martin, KISS, Stan Lee and the Japanese Emperor, while pioneering a spectacle-driven style of visual rock called “Visual Kei”, a one-of-a-kind cultural phenomenon.
Yoshiki’s significance in Japan is illustrated on the October cover of Vogue Japan. He is the first Japanese male ever selected for the cover in the magazine’s 18-year history.
Yoshiki will be travelling across select territories in Europe in October 2017 to promote the film. Yoshiki says, “I am very excited to come to Europe this October and bring the extraordinary story of X Japan to new and old fans alike. This was a difficult film for us to make but it’s a story we believe needed to be told. I can’t wait for Europe to finally see the film and to meet our European fans.”
October 12 – Berlin, Germany
October 14 – Florence, Italy
October 16 – Amsterdam, Holland
October 17 – Oslo, Norway
October 18 – Helsinki, Finland
October 19 – Stockholm, Sweden
October 20 – London, UK
October 21 – Reykjavik, Iceland
October 24 – Paris, France