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Malaysian Film Night - Barbarian Invasion - a film by Tan Chui Mui

Film screening




Cultural Centre Kambri (ANU Building 153), University Avenue Acton ACT 2601


Monday, 9 May, 2022 - 16:30 to 20:00

Presented in collaboration with the ANU Malaysia Institute and the ANU Malaysian Students' Organisation.

ANU Malaysia Institute welcomes students, academics and the public in Canberra to the Australian premiere of Malaysian’s award-winning director Tan Chui Mui’s latest film, Barbarian Invasion.

A pioneer of the “Malaysian New Wave” independent film movement, Tan Chui Mui comes back for her third feature film, after 10 years of directing hiatus. The director-cum-writer also plays the lead role in this genre-fluid film that will “continue to subvert and surprise at each turn”, as the jury of Golden Goblet Awards lauded. Its mix of Chinese, Cantonese and Malay dialogue is also a rare representation on screen of Malaysia’s multi-ethnic background.



  • 4:30pm - Registration and light snacks,
  • 5pm - Opening Remarks
  • - HE Dato' Roslan Abdul Rahman, High Commissioner of Malaysia to Australia
  • - Dr Ross Tapsell, ANU Malaysia Institute
  • - Dr Ying Xin Show, ANU Malaysia Institute
  • 5:15pm - Screening of Barbarian Invasion
  • 7pm - Dinner 

For catering purposes, when you register, please select the appropriate tickets to indicate if you will be joining us for the movie only, or also joining us for the dinner afterwards.



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.



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 first film Love Conquers All. At 38, she gave birth to a child. At 41, she decided to learn martial arts.

Born 1978 in Kuantan, Tan Chui Mui is the first Malaysian filmmaker who has won prestigious awards in international film festivals such as Busan International Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival and Oberhausen Short Film Festival. In 2005, she set up Da Huang Pictures with fellow filmmakers Amir Muhammad, James Lee and Liew Seng Tat and started the Malaysian independent film movement – the Malaysian New Wave. Her two feature films Love Conquers All (2006) and Year Without a Summer (2010) have won critical acclaim.



  • Winner of Jury Grand Prix prize, 24th Shanghai International Film Festival Golden Goblet Awards 2021.
  • Nominated for Best Asian Film, 12th Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Award 2022.
  • Director/Writer: Tan Chui Mui
  • Producer: Woo Ming Jin, Bianca Balbuena
  • Length: 106 minutes
  • Language: Chinese, Cantonese, Malay
  • Produced by Da Huang Pictures (Malaysia)




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