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Barbarian Invasion

dir. Tan Chui Mui
Malaysia 2021, 105’
subtitles: Polish and English

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Polish premiere
Theatrical Screenings
Th 17 Nov, 20:30
Kinoteka 2
Kinoteka 2
Tu 22 Nov, 20:30
Online Availability
16 Nov, 10:00 – 4 Dec
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Awards and festivals
World premiere: Shanghai International Film Festival 2021 Shanghai IFF 2021: Grand Jury Prize
Malaysia 2021
Duration: 105’
director: Tan Chui Mui
screenplay: Tan Chui Mui
cinematography: Gwai Lou
editing: Wong Kai Yun
music: Kamal Sabran
cast: Tan Chui Mui, Pete Teo, Bront Palarae
producer: Bianca Balbuena, Ming Jin Woo
production: Da Huang Pictures, Hong Kong International Film Festival Society Limited
language: Cantonese, Mandarin, Malay
colouration: colour

Film description

Yoon Moon is eagerly awaiting her chance to star in a movie – after a few years of maternity leave and a difficult divorce, she is ready for new challenges. When her friend Roger offers her a role, she jumps at the opportunity. But the new film, an Asian variation on the adventures of Jason Bourne, is not a walk in the park – Yoon has to undergo tough physical training and quickly master martial arts, all the while keeping an eye on her insubordinate son… Then, an unexpected turn of events will force her to test her newly acquired skills in practice.

Tan Chui Mui, a prominent member of the Malaysian New Wave and a chameleon filmmaker, started developing the idea for Barbarian Invasion after a few years of maternity leave. Making the film was her chance to regain control over her body and meet with her good friends from the film circles.

Barbarian Invasion combines auteur cinema with a full-blooded martial arts genre film. On the one hand, it is intimate and personal, on the other, excitingly metacinematic and captivating for everyone who appreciates a good screen fight – this picture is one of the biggest discoveries of the season.

Marcin Krasnowolski

Tan Chui Mui

Director, producer, actress, journalist, editor, scriptwriter, author of short and full-length films awarded at international festivals, active on the independent film scene. In 2005, together with Amir Muhammad, James Lee, and Tat Liew Seng, she founded the Da Huang Pictures studio with the goal of "making the films that filmmakers want to make" and supporting young artists. The studio was an impulse for the rise of the Malaysian New Wave.


2006 Miłość wszystko zwycięża / Love Conquers All
2009 All My Failed Attempts
2010 Rok bez lata / Wu zhi xia nian / Year Without a Summer
2021 Inwazja barbarzyńców / Barbarian Invasion

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