If I’ve said it once I’ve said it a thousand times: Why doesn’t someone make a movie which features a beheading, an arm-severing, lashings of chop sockey action, motorbike-riding ninjas, and a Pat Benatar-ish rock band called Dragon Sound whose membership is made up of commune-dwelling, adult orphans?
Well, it turns out someone did.
Below, you can check out a new trailer for 1987’s Miami Connection, an amazing, cheese-tastic tale of cocaine-dealing and — literally — battling bands produced by, co-directed by, and starring taekwondo guru and motivational speaker Y.K. Kim. This slice of retro mayhem was initially released to just a handful of screens and made little impact. In fact, the movie was all but forgotten until three years when a programmer at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, Tex., bought a 35mm print on eBay for $50. The film reportedly received an enthusiastic response when it was shown as part of the Drafthouse’s Weird Wednesday series and a similarly positive reception at this year’s New York Asian Film Festival. The movie is also being screened on Saturday in Austin as part of Fantastic Fest and is being rereleased theatrically by Drafthouse Films on Nov. 2.
Having seen Miami Connection myself I can confirm it features everything you might expect from a mid-’80s, rock tune-filled, action movie directed by a Korean martial arts guru — but, oh, so much more as well. Is this the new The Room? It just might be.
Judge for yourself by watching the great, if at times grisly (did we mention the beheading?), trailer below. The clip, incidentally, was edited by director Jason Eisener, whose recent ’80s-styled action flick Hobo with a Shotgun would seem like the perfect film to accompany Miami Connection on a double bill. You’ll also find a larger version of the splendid Miami Connection one-sheet.