The Malaysian New Wave reunites for Tan Chui Mui’s first feature in a decade with Tan both behind and in front of the camera. BARBARIAN INVASION will commence production this summer in Malaysia in observation of the country’s social distancing requirements.
For BARBARIAN INVASION, Tan enlists a Who’s Who list of Malaysian independent cinema for crew and cast, including director Woo Ming Jin as co-producer, actor/filmmaker Bront Palarae, indie musician/ filmmaker Pete Teo and film and stage director James Lee as cast. Bianca Balbuena from the Philippines and producer of Lav Diaz’s SEASON OF THE DEVIL, is also coming in as co-producer.
Moon Lee, a celebrated award-winning actress, has become a full-time mom and divorcée since retiring. Desperate to regain her sense of self, she jumps at the chance to work with her long-time collaborator, director Roger Woo, again. Only this time, he casts her as the lead in a do-your-own stunts martial arts film.
The role requires extensive training and though Moon is at first uncertain, she leaves her young son in the care of Roger’s assistant and commits herself to back-breaking training. As soon as she starts to gain some confidence, Roger breaks the news to her: the only way the film can move ahead is to cast her ex-husband, Julliard, as the male lead.
Language: Chinese, Cantonese, Malay
Country: Hong Kong, Malaysia
Production Year: Summer 2021
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2021 Won Jury Grand Prix in the Shanghai International Film Festival (China)
2021 FIRST International Film Festival (China)
2021 New York Asian Film Festival (US)
2021 SummerIFF (Hong Kong)
2021 Beijing International Film Festival (China)
At the age of 5, Tan Chui Mui made a small wooden stool. At 8, she drove a pick up truck onto a column. At 9, she printed a children’s magazine. At 12, she finished reading an Encyclopedia. At 17, she had a column in a student weekly paper. At 21, she received a computer animation degree. At 27, she made her first film LOVE CONQUERS ALL. At 38, she gave birth to a child. At 41 she decided to learn martial arts.