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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.

Directors:

Woo-sang Park (as Richard Park), Y.K. Kim (uncredited)

Writers:

Woo-sang Park (story) (as Richard Park), Y.K. Kim (story) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

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

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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Survival the ultimate test...

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Action | Crime | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 August 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Against the Ninja See more »

Filming Locations:

Miami, Florida, USA See more »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

P.J.K. Group See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

All of the bikers were real bikers who were paid in beer. A hundred of the bikers showed up for the film's premiere. See more »

Goofs

During Dragon Sound's performances, nothing is plugged into Tom or Mark's guitars. See more »

Quotes

Tom: [Tom is at the beach checking out all the women] They don't make buns like that down at the bakery.
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Connections

Referenced in Best of the Worst: Ninja Movies (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Tae Kwon Do Family
Lyrics by William P. Young
Music by Lloyd C. Sharpe (as Lloyd Sharpe) & Rick Hartzog
Vocals, Guitar, Lead Guitar by Lloyd C. Sharpe (as Lloyd Sharpe)
Keyboards by Rick Hartzog
Drums and Percussion by Terry Lamb
Bass by Roxwell Smith
Produced by William P. Young
Performed by The Lloyds Richards Band
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Hysterically bad
23 June 2013 | by zetesSee all my reviews

An incredibly awful movie, but it's awful in the best way possible. Holy cow, do they get everything just perfectly wrong here. The nonsensical plot is as follows: a rock band made up of taekwondo experts (led by director Y.K. Kim) crosses a gang of coke-dealing biker-ninjas ("bikers by day, ninjas by night," as the intro song informs us) and has to fend for their lives. The acting is hilariously bad - one guy clearly keeps turning to read cue cards, for instance. The editing frequently cuts far too soon or lingers on far too long. The glorious 80s music I have already mentioned. There's also a song about how awesome friendship is (the five heroes all live in a house together, go to college together, play in a band and practice taekwondo - which they pronounce tayKWONdo - together) and a song about dancing ninjas. Most of the actors are actually martial artists, but the choreography is stilted (people pause awkwardly with swords to wait to get kicked in the face), and the film goes into slow motion for no reason. It's all very laughable and it moves quickly, which makes it quite watchable. This can be watched on Netflix - nay, must be watched on Netflix.


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