A martial arts student chooses to undergo a final inurement practice before embarking on a journey. Enduring a full force 50 stroke cold caning, she discovers that pain is not an enemy to be feared.
Kaelah approached me with the desire to create a severe caning film with her partner Ludwig. After watching Ludwig top in movies of this severity for Eastern European producers, Kaelah was deeply curious about the experience. She decided to confront her fears and undergo such a caning herself, so that she could have an informed opinion about what it was like for the performers she had seen in other films.
Previously, this couple had shot a homemade film of Kaelah taking a severe 50 stroke caning, but Kaelah was not entirely satisfied with the results. She wanted to revisit the idea with a professional producer, to create a film she could be truly proud of. Together they conceived the idea of a martial arts student ready to progress to the next level of her training, about to go on a life-changing journey to study with new, stricter teachers. She chooses to participate in a final inurement practice to prove to herself and others that she had the strength of character to endure such rigorous training, and all the physical discomforts it entailed. This test is not mandatory; rather she volunteers to undertake it, for her own reasons.
Kaelah and I both love the concept of severe corporal punishment undertaken consensually, with honour and self-discipline. As an experienced tai chi practitioner she was able to bring her physical skill and grace to the screen with a breathtaking performance that underpins her courage and self-control during the caning itself.
A powerfully performer-driven film, the most severe to be published on this site to date. Fifty full force cane strokes delivered straight from cold are not for the fainthearted. But as you will see, Kaelah is anything but.
The photo to the right was taken a few hours after the shoot, by which point the deep bruising is already visible.
Kaelah wrote, "I have seldom been as happy with a scene as I was and am with this one." You can read more about Kaelah's decision to embark upon this journey in her own words, in her blog posts Healthy Severity, The Final Test: Preparations and The Final Test: Shoot Report.
Kaelah discusses her motivations for embarking on her second severe 50 stroke caning film (her first with a professional producer). She and Ludwig talk about their thoughts and feelings prior to the shoot, where their idea for the storyline came from, and what they hope to achieve by creating this film. The couple also describe the medical precautions they are taking prior to the caning, and share their decision-making processes regarding the table, cane and position selected for the whipping. Kaelah and Tom practice some tai chi katas prior to the shooting of Kaelah's solo fan sequence.
In the second half of our behind the scenes documentary for The Final Test, Kaelah and Ludwig talk about their feelings immediately before filming commences, and we share intimate out-takes and behind the scenes footage from the severe caning sequence itself. Kaelah controls the pace of the scene and takes the pauses she needs, and even laughs and jokes between shots. Afterwards, Kaelah and Ludwig give a final interview describing their immediate reactions to the scene. Ends with out-takes from Kaelah's solo tai chi katas, and a closer look at the sword form.