This Friday, August 17, at 8:00 PM at the International House, Exhumed Films will present a double-feature of martial arts mayhem featuring Miami Connection and L.A. Streetfighters.
The 1987 action cheapie Miami Connection has been making the rounds of late thanks to Drafthouse Films, and boy is it a treat. A gang of motorcycle-riding, coke-dealing ninjas square off against Dragon Sound, a TaeKwon-Do-fueled rock group comprised of grown orphans who live together a la The Monkees. The immediate appeal of the film arises from Dragon Sound’s musical library, which recalls the work of Jim Steinman in both catchiness and scale, but with lyrics seemingly penned by a child (“Friends through eternity, loyalty, honesty…”). For the connoisseurs of bad cinema out there, Miami Connection features an abundance of awkward arguments, silly fight sequences, and inexplicable non sequiturs, but beneath these typical tropes of low-budget filmmaking lie the admirable efforts of co-writers/directors/stars “Grandmaster” Y.K. Kim and Woo-sang Park. Kim plays what has to qualify as the lead in the film and it’s thus difficult to separate him from the earnest, good-hearted message that underlies this rather typical ninja-based laughfest. His intentions are noble, his filmmaking skills are questionable, and his charm is off-the-charts. Don’t miss this one, it’s a joy to behold.
I haven’t seen Miami Connection‘s “spiritual soulmate” L.A. Streetfighters, but I’m greatly looking forward to it. See you there!
Author: Eric Bresler
Eric is the Founder/Site Editor of Cinedelphia.com whose additional activities are numerous: Director/Curator of the Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art (PhilaMOCA), founder of Tokyo No Records, the brain behind Video Pirates, and active local film programmer including the Unknown Japan screening series. He’s served as a TLA Video Manager, Philadelphia Film Society Managing Director, and Adjunct Professor in Cinema Studies at Drexel University. He is shy and modest. Email Eric.