X JAPAN‘s documentary film ‘WE ARE X‘ reveals trailer and SXSW Austin, TX announces screening schedule!
‘WE ARE X’ is a documentary film about X JAPAN from Passion Pictures. JAPAN X is considered the most successful rock band in Japanese history with more than 30 million album sales, singles and videos. Currently consisting of the 5 members, YOSHIKI (drums/piano/composer), TOSHI (vocals), PATA (guitar), HEATH (bass), and SUGIZO (violin/guitar), they are working in a Los Angeles studio for their as-yet-untitled album, which is set to be released in late 2016 worldwide.
The film ‘WE ARE X’ was produced by John Battsek of Passion Pictures, who is especially known for his two Academy Award-winning documentaries (Searching For SugarMan, One Day In September), directed by Stephen Kijak (Stones In Exile, Scott Walker: 30th Century Man), edited by Mako Kamitsuna and John Maringuoin and assisted by June Okada. The film won the Special Jury Award for “Best Editing” at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival Awards (Jan. 20th) and earned rousing ovations during its six Sundance screenings.
Through the film the viewers will be able to follow the band through their groundbreaking history, learn about their evolution and their hopeful future. It will be about their massive success and sold-out tours, not only in Japan but also their various concerts overseas. The film will show their triumphs as well as tragedies the band had to go through.
For ‘WE ARE X’ , three screenings are planned for the SXSW Film Festival’s “24 Beats Per Second“. Under this title they want to showcase the sound, culture and influence of music and musicians. This is open for both, music and film badgeholders.
For the screening time and places, check out the overview below:
MARCH 11th (Friday) at Satellite venue: Marchesa, 6:30PM
MARCH 16th (Wednesday) at Topfer Theater-Zach, 10:45AM
MARCH 18th (Friday) at Paramount Theatre, 5:30PM
Additionally, Yoshiki (songwriter, drummer, classically-trained pianist and creative force of X JAPAN) will hold a performance following the last screening on the 18th at 7:15PM. He will perform classical versions of X JAPAN’s songs with a string quartet live on stage. Tickets can be purchased [HERE] or at at the Paramount Theatre box office.
Also, SXSW Film has already announced that ‘WE ARE X’ is a finalist for the “SXSW 2016 Award for Excellence in Title Design” [HERE]. But for now, check out the official premiere trailer for the award-winning music docummentary film ‘WE ARE X’ below!