Vancouver International Film Festival 2021
Screening Dates
VIFF 2021

Writer-director Tan Chui Mui puts herself in the spotlight with this delightful showbiz satire. She plays Lee Yoon Moon, a Southeast Asian movie star who has been cast in a rip-off of The Bourne Identity. Directing the picture is her longtime friend Roger Woo (Pete Teo), who adds a catch to the deal: Moon must perform her own martial arts stunts. Set up for a month’s training with Master Loh (James Lee), the actress embarks on a journey of self-discovery that contains some major surprises—for her, for her young son Yu Zhou (Nik Hadiff Dani), and for the viewer. One could call Barbarian Invasion a feminist story of empowerment and a rueful send-up of the movie business, and on those levels alone, it’s a knockout. But Tan has more up her sleeve, and all of it is best left unspoiled. Loopy, hypnotic, and quietly thrilling, this is a film to savour.

Cast: Pete Teo, Tan Chui Mui, Bront Palarae, James Lee, Zhiny Ooi, Nik Hadiff Dani

Gateway: Journey into the cinematic reaches of East Asia with some of the world’s most compelling storytellers as your guides.

VIFF Signature

The Cinematheque is pleased to join with the Vancouver International Film Festival in co-presenting these in-cinema screenings during VIFF 2021. Please note that Cinematheque Passes and Ticket Packs are not valid for any Vancouver International Film Festival screenings.