EXCLUSIVE: Here’s a cool intersection of film and music that helps set SXSW apart. The fest, which kicks off today, is hosting the opening screening of We Are X, the Stephen Kijak documentary about iconic Japanese rock band X Japan. That screening is tonight at the Satellite Venue: Marchesa. But next Friday’s screening at the Paramount Theater will up the stakes: the band’s co-founder and the docu’s main subject Yoshiki will perform live.
Check out the trailer just cut as WME and Preferred Content handle sales on the docu in Austin. You’ll see why the Yoshiki show will be worth the time.
X Japan was formed by childhood friends Yoshiki and Toshi and ignited a musical revolution in Japan during the late ’80s with their melodic metal and flamboyant fashion. At their peak they were rock gods, with 30 million albums sold and at one point selling out 18 consecutive shows at the 55,000-seat Tokyo Dome. But they broke up in 1997, their success not translating to the states beyond admirers like KISS’ Gene Simmons, who says in the movie, “If those guys were born in America, they might be the biggest band in the world.”
Kijak’s docu, which had its world premiere at Sundance this year to solid buzz, follows X Japan’s origins through super-stardom, the breakup, the suicide of a bandmember, and to present day, as they prepared to reunite for a show at Madison Square Garden.
Kijak is repped by Primary Wave Entertainment.
Check out the trailer above.
Subscribe to Deadline Breaking News Alerts and keep your inbox happy.