Barbarian Invasion


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.

BARBARIAN INVASION follows a washed-up female actor who is offered a comeback opportunity after a devastating divorce, only to find her ex-husband cast opposite her. Tan says, “it is a personal film and a journey to reclaim oneself. ‘When someone asks herself Who am I, who’s doing the asking anyway?’” said Tan Chui Mui.

Genre: Fiction
Language: Chinese, Cantonese, Malay
Length: TBC
Country: Malaysia
Production Year: Spring 2021