The Fan Carpet’s Ellie Torrez spoke to the man, the myth the legend Yoshiki and Director Stephen Kijak at London’s Royal Garden Hotel on Kensington High Street
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 with critical praise for the film ‘WE ARE X’ continuing to pour in from: New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Buzzfeed and LA Weekly.
Hailed as “fascinating” by the New York Times, 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/percussionist, 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” (visual-kay), a one-of-a-kind cultural phenomenon.
Director of We Are X, Stephen Kijak said: "Thrilled to be working with the team at Manga to bring WE ARE X to UK screens, especially in the wake of X Japan's long-awaited concert at Wembley. I think it just reinforces the notion that the film is not the end of their story but represents a new beginning. If you've never seen X Japan live, even if you've never heard of them, I encourage you to see this show (and the film of course) - they truly are one of the g…