Barbarian Invasion
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    Barbarian Invasion

    Directed by

    Hong Kong, Malaysia

    2021

    106 min

    • Chinese
    • Cantonese
    • Malay

    Drama

    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.

    Awards

    • Jury Grand Prix - Shanghai IFF

    Festivals

    Credits

    Screenplay
    Tan Chui Mui
    Sales
    GOOD MOVE MEDIA
    Production
    THE HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SOCIETY LIMITED
    Tan Chui Mui

    Tan Chui Mui

    Malaysia

    I am interested in storytelling. Not so much in the story itself, but how someone narrates a story and interprets it.

    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 (2006). At 38, she gave birth to a child. At 41, she decided to learn martial arts. Her latest film BARBARIAN INVASION (2021) won the Jury Grand Prix at the Shanghai IFF.

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