Miami Connection/Review

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< Miami Connection

In the 80's there were many things that conquered the era, like ninjas, Miami Vice, and New Wave Music. So what happened when someone combined these three things together? Miami Connection! The forgotten movie from 1987 that was resurrected again thanks to the cult following at Austin, Texas' Alamo Drafthouse Cinema.

The plot involves a New Wave band called "Dragon Sound". When they don't play music at the nightclub, they're usually fighting with motorcycle gangs and ninja. That's it. That's all that happens in the movie.

So what goes on in the rest of the movie? Well, the first scene is a group of motorcycle ninjas that kill a group of Miami Vice-style drug dealers. Then we cut to the opening titles which is 3 minutes of Dragon Sound performing on stage and a montage of an evil motorcycle gang. Next, it's a fighting scene and a music performance. Then more fighting scenes and music numbers....and it just goes on and on and on. Also, there are subplots like Jane, the lead singer of the band who has a conflict with her brother (which is a member of evil motorcycle gang) or Jim, the keyboardist who tries to keep in touch with his real father. That scene is as "epic" as the "Disneyland" scene in Strike Commando, it makes no sense but later brings tension to the film.

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The real highlights aren't the music numbers from Buckaroo Banzai And The Hong Kong Cavaliers....I mean Dragon Sound and fighting scenes, it's the acting. Y.K. Kim who plays Mark, the leader of the protagonists team, is just like Tommy Wisseau, he can't act at all, especially when his character has dialogue. He's not a good actor but a very cool Tae Kwon Do fighter and reminds me of Tony Jaa for some reason. Also, look at the band when they're performing on the stage, they are miming hilariously bad!

In conclusion, Miami Connection IS bad but very entertaining at the same time. It's recommended for drive-in theaters, late night movie programs on local TV stations and you. If you wanna have a cool 80's themed party, don't forget to impress your friends with this film.


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Nuttawut Permpithak hails from Thailand. He spends his free time watching exploitation films (or any films from the past) writing articles, taking photos and reviewing films for GCDb.

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