We Are X, a documentary about iconic Japanese rockers X Japan, premieres at Sundance on Jan 23.
In this exclusive clip, X Japan leader Yoshiki talks about forming the band in 1982. “I told them, ‘Trust me, give me everything. I’ll make everything happen,’ ” he says. “It’s like creating a new family.”
A household name in their native country, X Japan has sold more than 30 million albums and singles combined. Created by the production team behind the Oscar-winning Searching For Sugarman, We Are X traces the band’s turbulent history and its continuing creative journey. Director Stephen Kijak (Stones In Exile) helmed the film, while Passion Pictures John Battsek served as producer.
X Japan reformed in 2007 after a 10-year break. The group has sold out the 55,000-seat Tokyo Dome 18 times, and filled New York’s Madison Square Garden in 2014.
X Japan will release its first new studio album in 20 years this fall.
Yoshiki will perform tonight at the Sundance Festival Base Camp as well as Jan. 24 at the ASCAP Cafe in Park City, Utah.