Miami Connection (1987)

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A martial arts rock band goes up against a band of motorcycle ninjas who have tightened their grip on Florida's narcotics trade.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Y.K. Kim ...
Vincent Hirsch ...
Joseph Diamand ...
Jack (as Joseph Diamond)
Maurice Smith ...
Angelo Janotti ...
Kathy Collier ...
William Ergle ...
Si Y Jo ...
Yashito (as Siyung Jo)
Woo-sang Park ...
Uncle Song (as Richard Park)
William P. Young ...
Club owner (as Willliam Young)
Joy Sharpe ...
Club Owner's Girlfriend
William Whitacre ...
Music Store Owner (scenes deleted)
John Leeson ...
Professor #1
Sue Jacotta ...
Professor #2 (credit only)
William Hollingsed ...
Deputy Sheriff


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 (taekwondo 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!!! Written by MiamiConnection

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18 August 1988 (USA)  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)

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Did You Know?


Y.K. Kim' was disappointed with the original cut of the film. He wanted to reshoot some scenes but Woo-sang Park had already returned to South Korea. So Kim read book on film directing. He enlisted his co-star Joseph Diamand to write new scenes even though he had no writing experience. Diamand read books on screenwriting. See more »


The actor who plays Jim's father is not the same man in the picture with the letter that Jim received about his father. See more »


Mark: I didn't know you had a father. I thought we are all orphans.
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Composed by Jon McCallum (uncredited)
Performed by Jon McCallum (uncredited)
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Agreeable absurdity.
11 January 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

There's knowingly silly low budget garbage and then there's the sublime "Miami Connection". So far it's the only movie that this viewer has seen where the heroes are also the musical attraction. "Dragon Sound" are an ethnically diverse group of martial artists who moonlight as a pop rock band. They sing ditties such as "Against the Ninja" and "Friends", and believe me, these songs will be stuck in your head long after the movie is over. When they're not rocking the house, "Dragon Sound" take on villainous motorcycle riding ninjas and other assorted lowlifes trafficking in drugs in the Miami area.

If you want high class or real technical proficiency, look elsewhere. But if you just want a fun time, relax and enjoy the goof ball pleasures of "Miami Connection". The music alone commands a viewing. The action is all that it needs to be: good fun, and people who stick it out to the final bit of fighting will be rewarded with some hilarious bursts of splatter. Also ensuring hilarity are the attempts by our not quite A list cast to emote, in particular Maurice Smith as Jim and co-story author Y.K. Kim as Mark. There are also a number of bare breasts on display in the last half hour.

The bad guys are far from being the scariest you'll ever see in this kind of diversion. Angelo Janotti as Tom sports a glorious mullet and often parades around without a shirt on. Kathy Collier as Jane adds valuable sex appeal, playing the love interest to group member John (Vincent Hirsch). It seems that Janes' brother Jeff (William Ergle), who happens to be one of the villains, is possessive of her, and who can blame him?

The script, written by director Woo-Sang Park and cast member Joseph Diamond, has a couple of howlingly funny lines, such as "They don't make buns like that down at the bakery" while the guys ogle the lovely ladies at a beach.

Grand entertainment for one and all. The fact that it's inept is essential to its appeal.

Director Park also has a small role as Uncle Song.

Eight out of 10.

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