Barbarian Invasion


TAN Chui Mui

106 minutes | 2021 | Fiction | Mandarin Chinese, Cantonese Chinese, Malay | English Subtitles

2021 Shanghai International Film Festival – JURY GRAND PRIX

Content Advisory: This film contains scenes of graphic violence. It is not appropriate for child audiences.

7:30 PM, SAT, MAR 19
Innis Town Hall

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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 again with her long-time collaborator, director Roger Woo. Only this time, he casts her as the female 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.


At the age of 5, TAN Chui Mui made a small wooden stool. At 8, she drove a pickup 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 debut film Love Conquers All. At 38, she gave birth to her child. At 41, she decided to learn martial arts.


  • Director: TAN Chui Mui
  • Principal Cast: Pete TEO, TAN Chui Mui, Bront Palarae, James LEE, Zhiny OOI, Nik Hadiff Dani
  • Producer: WOO Ming Jin, Bianca Balbuena
  • Cinematographer: Gwai Lou
  • Art Director: Fish LIM Jing Yi
  • Sound: Aw See Wee
  • Editor: WONG Kai Yun
  • Music: Kamal Sabran
  • Action Director: James LEE
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