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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)

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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...

Genres:

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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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to Y.K. Kim, there were no injuries during the production. See more »

Goofs

In the Dragon Sound performances, Mark's finger movements do not match the sound or tempo of the songs at all. See more »

Quotes

Jim: My mother was Korean, and my father was Black American. She gave me this picture when she was real sick. I was only nine years old.
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Soundtracks

Friends
Lyrics and Music by Angelo Janotti & Kathy Collier
Vocals by Kathy Collier
Guitar, Lead Guitar by Kathy Collier & Angelo Janotti
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Yes, It's That Bad and Funny
8 June 2015 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Miami Connection (1987)

* 1/2 (out of 4)

Some college kids from Central Florida not only play in a rock band but they're also masters at martial arts. Good thing for them because one of the members begins dating a girl whose brother just happens to be the leader of a violent motorcycle gang involved in all sorts of illegal activities.

It's strange how movies are usually forgotten only to later be rediscovered for some reason. The history of Miami CONNECTION is pretty fascinating as it pretty much died as soon as it was released and no one even knew about it outside the filmmakers and cast. Twenty-two years later a programmer for the Alamo Drafthouse ended up buying a copy of the film on eBay for $50 and soon he was booking it and out of nowhere a large cult following started. Today, Miami CONNECTIOn has a rather large cult following and it even got a special edition released to DVD and Blu-ray.

So, why do so many awful movies get forgotten and others ones like this end up with a cult following? My only guess is that some movies reach the "so bad they're good" level because the filmmakers went into the project not thinking they were making a low-budget bad movies but instead they go in thinking they're making the next CITIZEN KANE. I'm sure they believe that everything from the acting to the directing to the screenplay is just something special when it fact it's all very, very bad. This film is certainly awful on just about every level from the performances to the incredibly awful rock soundtrack but thankfully there are some moments that are so awful that you can't help but laugh.

There are many highlights (or lowlights depends on how you see it) here including some stereotypes that are just so cringe-worthy that you can't help but laugh. The rock band has different ethnic members but the Asian and black guys are so laughable that you can't help but wonder what they were thinking. The subplot dealing with the black guy not knowing who is father is is just priceless. Another highlight is the over-the-top violence including a "death" scenes towards the end, which has to be one of the funniest ever filmed. I'm not going to ruin what major character it happens to but I dare anyone watch it and not laugh.

Miami CONNECTION is an awful movie, there's no question about it but thankfully there are enough bad moments to make it worth viewing if you're a fan of this type of thing.


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