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Miami Connection1987

  • 3.8
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 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 ninthth 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.

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Stream this madness if you must, but if you ever get the chance to see it in a theater, do it. Like all Great Bad Movies, MIAMI CONNECTION can bring a house down. It's a martial arts flick in which everyone has a black belt in bad acting. It's a music film that never gets in tune. Its a shoot-'em-up movie that backfires. Despite its failures though, it is the finest film ever made that addresses the problem of ninja drug dealers in Orlando, Florida and how one band of 80s neon-rockers with a positive message and kung fu stage outfits can make a difference. Ignored in its time, discovered about twenty years later, writer/producer/star Y.K. Kim's botched star vehicle, jam-packed with all of the elements of a hit in 1987, survives the decades a little dusty, a little faded, but intact and dying to be loved.

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Stream this madness if you must, but if you ever get the chance to see it in a theater, do it. Like all Great Bad Movies, MIAMI CONNECTION can bring a house down. It's a martial arts flick in which everyone has a black belt in bad acting. It's a music film that never gets in tune. Its a shoot-'em-up movie that backfires. Despite its failures though, it is the finest film ever made that addresses the problem of ninja drug dealers in Orlando, Florida and how one band of 80s neon-rockers with a positive message and kung fu stage outfits can make a difference. Ignored in its time, discovered about twenty years later, writer/producer/star Y.K. Kim's botched star vehicle, jam-packed with all of the elements of a hit in 1987, survives the decades a little dusty, a little faded, but intact and dying to be loved.

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One of my more favorite reviews, complimented by being extremely accurate to the film!

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Bravo! If you haven't seen it, I highly recommend Amir Shevran's cinemabomination, "Samurai Cop," viewable right here on this streaming site. It makes "Miami Connection" look like "Scarface."

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The incredible and touching story of a polyamorous quintet of martial artists living together in crime-ridden Miami and trying to survive as musicians, Tae Kwon Do practitioners, friends, family, and lovers. The induction of a sixth member into their love nest--a woman this time--proves to be the final straw for her brother, leader of a local drug smuggling gang. As violence and madness ensue, our heroes are caught up in several parallel and converging plotlines: the search for one man's father, the intimate romance between the lead and the newest member of the group, and vengeance. A must-see, Miami Connection is likely the best and worst movie of all time.

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Right off the bat, this movie has virtually nothing to do with Miami, and everything to do with Orlando. But would you want to see a movie called “Orlando Connection”? How about “Orlando Confidential”? “3:10 To Orlando”? “Mr. Smith Goes To Orlando”? “Big Trouble In Little Orlando”?

Geography aside, this flick is thoroughly, magnificently, incontrovertibly BAAAD! Mullets, mustaches, day-glo bikinis, drum machines, duels to the death, and an awkward dramatic subplot add up to a film that plays out like a special two-hour episode of “ChiPs.”

Ultimately, producer/star Y.K. Kim has the last laugh. After nearly going bankrupt making “Miami Connection,” the film ends up being a cult film sensation 25 years later. It ain’t pretty up there on the screen, but the amateur enthusiasm of Kim and has cast make “Miami Connection” a real hoot! It’s so BAAAD, it’s GOOOD!

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Just a masterpieace! MASTERPIECE!

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This is definitely one of those films that makes me hate star ratings. I always go over the same issue in my head every time. Do I base my star rating on the technical merits of the film...or on the emotional impact it had on me...or on how this film compares to similar films...or on how this film fits into cinematic history in general...or on whatever else anyone bases star ratings on? All things considered...I suppose I will give Miami Connection 3 stars due to the fact that it will forever live on in my heart as one of a handful of movies that is so bat shit crazy that I was literally laughing out loud on multiple occasions. Sure I was laughing at the film...but I was still laughing and laughing makes me feel good so on some level I have to admit to myself that it brought joy into my life.

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Great review and excellent point about the whole star-rating thing. I think the stars can roadblock our connection with the movie. I see a lot of reviews on this site where somebody has to explain why they gave the movie a 4-star rating, but they really think it's more of a 4 1/2. Who cares! For me, it's how much did I enjoy the movie, how did it resonate with me. Therefore, I've given a lot of "bad" movies 4 stars and 5 stars...because I enjoyed the hell out of it! It ultimately makes frees you up in the review process.

Friendship conquers all. Beautiful film.

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MIAMI CONNECTION IS A GREAT MARTIAL ARTS MOVIE REALISTIC FIGHTING SEQUENCES AND PLENTY OF ACTION A VIRTUAL A VIRTUAL THRILL RIDE OF A MOVIE I ENJOYED IT IMMENSELY AND RECOMMEND IT HEARTILY TO ANY ACTION VIEWER YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED WITH MIAMI CONNECTION!!

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Wait...are you sure we're talking about the same movie? "Miami Connection" with the mullets and the song about friendship, and more mullets? The "Miami Connection" that was actually made in Orlando? I love a good martial arts action film. I also love "Miami Connection"--but for far different reasons

Bahhahah. Just wow. I saw a review of this from Red Letter Media and fell in love with it. It is complete trash through and through, but what enjoyable trash it is.

A very accurate portrayal of Florida and the horrible people who live there. Highly recommend.

I have never seen a movie so brilliantly walk the line between a good bad movie and a bad good movie. Y K Kim is sublime as Mark. A word of warning though: God help you if you get any of the Dragon Sound songs stuck in your head, it happened to me...

At it's heart though it is a movie about friendship, and it brings to mind a quote by the late-great Muhammad Ali "Friendship is the most important thing there is... If you are living your life and you haven't learned much about friendship then you haven't learned much about anything"

My god, this film is seven shades of stupid. It seems to be lampooning not only itself, but every film in its vicinity. Watch this and suddenly "Kung Fury" looks totally based in fact and also woefully after the fact.

Ridiculously dumb and more than occasionally incomprehensible, this is still however 'so bad it's good' enough to be harmless fun.

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"Samurai Cop." Here on Fandor. I dare you.

Directed by and starring martial artist Y.K. Kim, Miami Connection is one of those movies you have to see to believe. It's impossible to nail down the plot, but I'll try. There's a bunch of college students in a band named Dragon Sound. The singer in the band is the sister of a gang leader and drug dealer. He's pissed because she's dating the band's bassist. Then there are drug ninjas, biker ninjas, and another club band who all wanna kill Dragon Sound for whatever reason. Let me know if I'm missing any group who wants to get in on the Dragon Sound Killing. It's hard to keep track. What follows from this mess is a bunch of scenes. Then the movie ends. No, stuff happens in between too. The band play some songs about friendship, eat at a restaurant, fight ninjas, find Jim's dad and hang out shirtless at their communal house. The movie ends with a ridiculous fight scene in which our protagonists murder lots of people in gloriously goofy fashion. Beyond the inane plot, there's some heavy foreign accents, terribly awkward emotional scenes, and bikers who were paid to be in the movie with booze. It's a great time. Check this movie out. I love it.