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X Japan Documentary's Video Clip Streamed

posted on by Jabulani Blyden
Film premiered in competition at Sundance Film Festival on Saturday

The Hollywood Reporter began streaming a scene on Friday from X Japan's documentary film We Are X.

The clip features band leader YOSHIKI talking about forming the band in 1982.

The documentary premiered on Saturday at the Sundance Film Festival in the festival's World Cinema Documentary Competition. YOSHIKI and the film team attended the screening's red carpet event, and held a Q&A session afterward. On Friday, YOSHIKI performed with a live string quartet at the first-ever Festival Base Camp party. YOSHIKI headlined the Festival Base Camp event, which also included artists such as Flying Lotus, Dan Deacon, and Neon Indian.

YOSHIKI is also performing on Sunday at the ASCAP CAFÉ. The film will also have additional public screenings during the festival.

Stephen Kijak (Scott Walker: 30 Century Man, Stones In Exile) directed the film, and John Battsek (Searching For Sugarman, The Imposter) served as the producer. The film chronicles the band's 35-year career. Shooting started at the band's Madison Square Garden concert in New York City on October 11.

X Japan toured North America in 2010. They signed a three-year contract with EMI Music North America in 2011, and released their first North American single "Jade" that same year. The band's single "Scarlet Love Song" was used as the theme song for the anime film Buddha: The Great Departure. The band's music was also used as the ending theme for the X anime film and X - X2 double X original video anime.

YOSHIKI and Toshi formed X Japan in 1982 as X. Over the next 13 years, X Japan released five studio albums, six live albums, 10 best hit albums, and 20 DVD releases. The band disbanded in 1997 but reunited in 2007. Original lead guitarist Hide and bassist Taiji Sawada passed away in 1998 and 2011, respectively. The band has sold more than 30 million albums (with singles and videos combined), and has sold out Japan's 55,000-seat Tokyo Dome 18 times.

Thanks to Daniel for the news tip.

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