USA – 1987 – 83 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN ENGLISH
A FILM BY Y.K. KIM & WOO-SANG PARK
The year is 1987. Motorcycle ninjas tighten their grip on Florida’s narcotics trade, viciously annihilating anyone who dares move in on their turf. Multi-national martial arts rock band Dragon Sound have had enough, and embark on a roundhouse wreck-wave of crime-crushing justice. When not chasing beach bunnies or performing their hit song “Against the Ninja,” Mark (kung-fu master/inspirational speaker Y.K. Kim) and the boys are kicking and chopping at the drug world’s smelliest underbelly. It’ll take every ounce of their blood and courage, but Dragon Sound can’t stop until they’ve completely destroyed the dealers, the drunk bikers, the kill-crazy ninjas, the middle-aged thugs, the “stupid cocaine”...and the entire MIAMI CONNECTION!!!
Directed by 9th degree black belt philosopher/author/inspirational speaker Grandmaster Y.K. Kim, the film tells the story of fearless synth rock band Dragon Sound as they embark on a roundhouse wreck-wave of crime-crushing justice in the streets of Orlando.
Following MIAMI CONNECTION’s very limited theatrical and scarce VHS release in 1987, the film vanished into obscurity. Over two decades later, Alamo Drafthouse programmer Zack Carlson blindly purchased a rare 35mm print from a reluctant eBay seller for $50. A small test screening of the film’s first reel unveiled a relentless fury of ninjas, rock ‘n’ roll, lawless bikers and brutal knife fights. The crowd lost their minds. “We have multiple weekly 35mm exploitation series at the Drafthouse, and Miami Connection has repeatedly destroyed our audience in a more powerful way than anything else in the 15 years of our theater’s existence,” says Carlson. The film has since screened across the country at select festivals and repertory theaters, championed by critics such as Joel Modelo of Examiner.com, who proclaimed it a “hilariously rollicking good time.”
Now in HD from elements sourced by the America Genre Film Archive (AGFA).
"The Most Entertaining 80s Movie You Never Saw in the 80s"
- QUIET EARTH
"it’s a hoot; ludicrous and entertaining"
- VANCOUVER OBSERVER
"a solid-gold phenomenon"
- THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT
NNNN "bizarrely entertaining"
- NOW MAGAZINE
"Miami Connection and the myth of the so-bad-it’s-good movie"
- An interview with Zack Carlson, a former Drafthouse programmer who rediscovered Miami Connection
- NOW MAGAZINE
9 out of 10! "Miami Connection basically defies description"
- THE GRID
"Miami Connection is in fact a real film made in all earnestness. As such, it stands toe to toe with the worst of the worst, having a legitimate claim to the title of most unintentionally bad film ever."
"a sweet movie with a sublime soundtrack"
"this film needs, no DESERVES to be seen is with a packed house"
"Movie oddities get a second shot at cult stardom"
- THE TORONTO STAR
"How Alamo makes a moviegoing experience to remember"
- THE TORONTO STAR
"I'm not sure why these two films are having brief theatrical runs through North American theatres right now, but they're now arriving in Toronto courtesy of FilmsWeLike and you won't hear any complaining on my end"
"...this is one of those ‘so bad it’s good’ movies" - Toronto Film Scene "it will rock out your midnight for sure"
"AWESOME & PROOF GOD EXISTS...A Psychotronic Masterpiece!"
- AIN'T IT COOL NEWS
"PURE CAMP GOLD... A Hilariously Rollicking Good Time."