We Are X Reviews

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July 15, 2020
Because of its informative avenues, We Are X becomes a fascinating documentary that will appeal to any music fan.
June 9, 2020
Fascinating for Japanophiles.
March 15, 2019
Although incredibly successful underdogs, We Are X undeniably grabs its audience and has them rooting for X Japan's final breakthrough.
November 1, 2018
We Are X does well in showing how X-Japan became famous but like Yoshiki himself, is too mysterious and enigmatic that it keeps the viewer from arm's length, wanting to know more.
December 28, 2017
X Japan's dedication to music remains admirable but Kijak's film places them on a similar pedestal to that of their swooning fans when it's a closet stashed full of skeletons that would've provided the braver and far more worthwhile material to inspect.
September 21, 2017
What drives [director Stephen] Kijak's film, and adds a universal dimension to a singular band's narrative, is the drama inherent in a group of strong personalities who live for music attempting to create and perform it together.
March 3, 2017
Splits, suicides, a brainwashing cult and industrial quantities of hairspray and make-up all play their part in the story, with the fragile Yoshiki fulfilling the role of tortured artist to perfection.
February 27, 2017
Good anecdotes - but the film's willingness to indulge the band's rampant self-mythologising can get tiresome.
February 24, 2017
Watchable and interesting - if a tad worshipful ...
January 3, 2017
Much of the film's success comes from the editing of Mako Kamitsuna and John Maringouin who corral a barrage of archival footage, talking heads, observation, and performance into a compelling exploration of one of the world's great rock phenomenons.
December 6, 2016
A heart-wrenching portrait of a physically and emotionally fragile artist, and the band of equally vulnerable, tormented misfits he assembled around him.
November 11, 2016
When it comes to chronicling their accomplishments on film, all they have to show for themselves is 90 flashy minutes' worth of rockumentary clichés.
November 7, 2016
Even if you don't care for the band, Kijak's exuberant style which mirrors the music might win you over.
November 3, 2016
This high-intensity group - resplendent in the plumage of a Sunset Strip hair band, and playing a kind of prog-metal - delivers the goods. In any language.
November 2, 2016
A maddeningly vague primer.
November 2, 2016
Yoshiki, the group's eccentric co-founder and drummer, gets most of the spotlight. No wonder. He's a real character, a rich and famous delicate dynamo who's also a designer and in constant pain from his art.
October 27, 2016
The film is a rush, all right, but it's also a soulful look at Yoshiki, who although rarely without his dark glasses, still seems very revealing.
October 27, 2016
Ultimately, it comes across more like a bonus disc than a feature film.
October 27, 2016
The creation of capital A Art and the possibility of physical and spiritual salvation via the creative act is the heart and soul of both Kijak's stupendous doc, but man, X just flat out rocks. Prepare to be blown away.
October 25, 2016
Riveting and exhilarating, We Are X shines an overdue and definitive spotlight on the myth, madness and music of the phenomenon of X Japan, Asia's greatest rock band, that most in the west have yet to discover.
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