We Are X
Stephen Kijak, 2016 (95m)
X JAPAN might not be a household name in the West, but they’re one of the most successful and iconic heavy metal bands of all time. The band - originally known simply as X - was formed by drummer Yoshiki and lead vocalist Toshi while they were still in school. After the band enjoyed some success with independent labels in the late 80s, mainstream success beckoned. By the early 90s, they had established themselves as one of Japan’s biggest bands - and even started making some waves internationally. By 1997, however, the band had disbanded. Despite a tragedy and Toshi’s ‘brainwashing’ by a cult, X JAPAN eventually reformed in the late 2000s. We Are X follows the surviving members as they prepare for a major performance in New York’s Madison Square Garden.