on 11 December 2013
Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to introduce you to Dragon Sound, an 80's pop-rock band who live in Orlando, Florida (as opposed to, say, Miami) and like to sing songs about friendship, loyalty, and fighting ninjas. They're a loveable bunch but due to a breath-takingly contrived series of events the band finds itself under attack from gangsters and biker ninjas (they're bikers by day, and ninjas by night. It says so in a song.) With such formidable threats presenting themselves, it's fortunate that Dragon Sound is made up of badass Tae Kwon Do experts, who are more than a match for their colourful nemeses.
I realise that the above plot synopsis doesn't make all that much sense. What are ninjas doing in Orlando, for example? The thing you need to understand is that the film itself doesn't make much of an effort to make sense or to help the audience suspend disbelief. Either you roll with it, or you get left behind.
So, with that having been said, rather than concern ourselves with the flimsy plot to this fiasco let's instead address the tone and style of the film. In a word: the film is... confident. It's confident in that special way that only a goofy 80's action flick can be - which is to say, the makers of this film were convinced that they could do no wrong. The results are frequently hilarious. When one hears about a film that features BIKER NINJAS it's not unreasonable to assume that said film was made with tongue in cheek. In this case that simply wouldn't be true though. The makers of this film were absolutely serious. In these times of ultra-cynicism and super-self-awareness it's rather refreshing to see a film as deliriously misguided and sincere as this one. You won't find any irony here, pal. It's all played totally straight. There are also quite a few major "dramatic" moments along the way, and boy are they funny!
So if you have a taste for extremely cheesy 80's action movies, or you just like to watch films that are "so bad they're good" then Miami Connection might just be what you're looking for.
In a similar vein you might want to also check out Samurai Cop and Rock 'n' Roll Nightmare.
on 27 June 2015
This film is amazing! I love it. Of course, it's pretty bad in terms of film making but it's genuine and earnest which makes it charming in it's own way. The story of YK Kim (the film maker) is even more endearing than the film itself. The film actually has pretty decent photography and lighting. You can tell a few people involved actually had previous experience in their role on the production. Along with a great 80's new-wave rock soundtrack and awkward acting and directing, Miami Connection is a gem in a desert of intentionally bad martial arts-action movies. It's re-watchable, entertaining and best enjoyed with like-minded friends. Recommended.