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Olga Kurylenko's art of Japanese bondage

The arrival of the French film Le Serpent has not only given model Olga Kurylenko her debut break on the big screen, it's rekindled an interest in the ancient art of Japanese bondage.

Playing the sultry temptress Sophia, the filmmakers flew in a Japanese bondage expert to help Kurylenko out in the role. She said; “I found it beautiful. I sat down with the photographer and we talked about the art of bondage. I saw the pictures and I thought they were quite beautiful. It’s a professional art form.”

Japanese bondage, or Shibari, is said to date back in Japan to the late Edo period (that's 1603 to 1868 if you're looking to boast a knowledge of Japanese history) when it was turned into an art form. In the roaring 1960’s it was then developed as a form of performance art.

Although the film is receiving mixed reviews from critics, it’s no doubt rekindling a fascination with Shibari. Can we expect to see Shibari inspired clubs popping up, following the recent Burlesque revival?

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