The birth of a genuine cult movie, spawned from the primordial ooze of discount VHS or 20th generation bootleg, is a grand and glorious thing. You thought The Room was all that and a sackful of spoons? Brace yourself for Miami Connection, the newest rediscovered gut-buster to captivate audiences across the country.
Yes, sober, edgy realism carries the day in this 1987 junk marvel as an army of drug-dealing, head-chopping motor-psycho ninjas meets its match — the hard-bopping bros in synth-pop band Dragon Sound, who obliterate the bad guys with roundhouse kicks, mall-salon perms, and the monster beat of their biggest hit (topically titled “Against the Ninja”). The trailer above (which has had Belcourt audiences choking on their snack mix for weeks) promises an orgy of cheeseball combat and dudely high-fivery as only ’80s action cinema could bring it.
Starring and directed by Grandmaster Y.K. Kim, who holds a ninth degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do (and evidently a red belt in fawesomeness), it was rescued from oblivion by the public servants at Austin’s Drafthouse Films, the distribution arm of the beloved Alamo Drafthouse. It was worth every bit of the $50 they reportedly used to buy the 35mm print off eBay. Let the apt words of Grandmaster Kim from his motivational-speaking website motivate you to see Miami Connection at The Belcourt this Friday and Saturday at midnight:
Traditional genius meant having a high IQ. I propose that modern genius means being crazy. Crazy means exceptional action.