"Ironclad" is an epic action flick set in the time of the Knights Templars, starring Paul Giamatti as the tempestuous King John, who reneges on his signing of the Magna Carta promising freedom to all men. The movie is already out on Video on Demand VOD and was released in theaters worldwide on July 8.
The music was arranged and produced by award-winning producer Nicolas Farmakalidis of Neila Productions. The main riffs as well as many musical elements of the trailer music were derived from a song called "Dancing Arrows" by Aika, which was co-written by Aika Hirahara (sister of Ayaka Hirahara) and Nicolas Farmakalidis. Aika is the first Japanese singer to perform the theme song of a multimillion dollar Hollywood movie.
Aika gives an exotic spice on this unique musical composition with her distinctive and expressionistic vocals. This rare melodic line and her characteristic singing style, incorporates the Japanese "Yo scale" as well as the "in scale," which is used primarily in Buddhist chants. Aika is a singer/songwriter who exploded in the Japanese music scene in 2006 with the debut album “ai wo” (EMI) which peaked at the top-10 radio charts. Her second full-length album will be released later this year, which includes the previously mentioned track called “Dancing Arrows.”
The fully produced music video - directed by Jonathan English, who also directed “Ironclad” – includes footage from the movie and is available online.© Japan Today