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‘We Are X’ Director Breaks Down Rock & Roll Film Minus The Sex & Drugs — Watch

Sun, January 24, 2016 5:08pm EDT by Emily Longeretta 4 Comments

We’ve all seen the rock and roll movies and TV shows — but ‘We Are X’ is nothing like those. Based on the Japanese rock metal band, X, who have gone through a heartbreaking, tragic life, this film takes on a whole new look.

Director Stephen Kijak is introducing a different side of rock and roll with We Are X. At Sundance Film Festival this weekend in Utah, we sat down with him and star musician Yoshiki to find out where this movie came from, what to expect from it, and why it’s so much more than just another movie doc.

“You have rock and roll films and it’s always, ‘Oh, it’s sex, drugs, and rock and roll. Throw out the drugs, throw out the sex, and add death, suicide, cults, speed metal, crazy hair, crazy makeup, [and] outrageous outfits,” Stephen said on Jan. 24 in the interview. “Yoshiki is a a classically trained musician so it’s speed metal, but as if Beethoven composed it.”

With the film, the team is looking to show the world a different world of rock and roll, and really introduce audiences that aren’t aware of speed metal at all. Yoshiki is a musician, composer and producer, who is the co-founder of the heavy metal band, X Japan. He also performed with a string quartet at the Sundance Base Camp party on Friday night, a day before the film made it’s premiere at the festival.

“It’s a great story and we wanted to tell it really beautifully and well, but yeah part of the urge is to really introduce more and more people worldwide to the story,” Stephen added.

Are you anxious to hear the story of X? We are!