Miami Connection

USA 1987. Directors: Y.K. Kim, Richard Park
Cast: Y.K. Kim, Vincent Hirsch, Joseph Diamand, Maurice Smith, Angelo Janotti

VANCOUVER PREMIERE “Awesome and proof God exists...A psychotronic masterpiece!” Ain’t It Cool News ain’t alone in going bananas for Miami Connection, the rediscovered cult sensation that is rapidly becoming everyone’s favourite movie about dastardly drug-dealing motorcycle ninjas and good-guy martial-arts synth-rockers (Dragon Sound, our heroes!) facing off on the mean streets of Orlando. The film was made, haplessly, in the 1980s by a Florida-based Tae Kwon Do master and motivational speaker named Y. K. Kim, who produced, financed, co-directed, co-wrote, and starred. After a few local screenings, the film sank into obscurity, only to be rescued these decades later by a programmer at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, Texas: he came across a 35mm print on eBay and bought it, blind, for fifty bucks. He soon realized he had treasure, of a sort. Now digitally restored and re-released, Miami Connection can finally take the world by storm. (We just hope the world is ready!) Zany subplots involve a forbidden romance, the quest for a lost father, and vicious inter-band rivalry. Synth-rock anthems are performed with guileless glee. Kicks to the throat abound. Inexplicable narrative developments and awkward dialogue stupefy and delight. And it all culminates – as it should – in a plea for world peace! Don’t say we didn’t warn you. Colour, Blu-ray Disc. 83 mins.

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REVIEWS

Miami Connection is finally coming to town! Already it’s your new favourite movie."

Georgia Straight | full review

“A vortex of insanity . . . Over-the-top and absolutely bonkers, but also the greatest movie featuring rock ‘n’ roll ninjas you’ll ever see."

Film Threat | full review

“Love it or hate it, it’s doubtful you'll ever forget it, and it may just force you to redefine your definition of what constitutes ‘good’ cinema."

Slant | full review