Miami Connection (1987)
Director: Y.K. Kim
Rating - Unrateable
When it comes to movies about ninja drug cartels and synch rock orphans (or or-pans) AKA Dragon Sound, Miami Connection has no known rival. And if they did, that rival would have been slain with swords, fists and sweet, sweet melodies.
Let us listen to one of those melodies now...
To really enjoy Miami Connection you need three things:
1. Two or more people on a couch
2. A large pizza
3. And the willingness to add your own commentary track
The plot is pretty straight forward: a group of (Floridian?) ninjas take control of the Miami drug scene while at the same time a group of synth rock orphans (or-pans!) are fighting for stage time with local thugs at the discotheque. The thugs then partner with the ninjas and they set out to eliminate the competition and Dragon Sound. With epic fight sequences, plans of a world tour in each of the band members home country, love scenes that rival Mitchell, and a touching father son reunion for the ages, this movie has it all. I definitely think it was robbed of Oscar gold...for your consideration.
But what really makes this movie an endearing classic is that everyone is trying really hard to make a great action movie; nothing is played for a joke (I think). It
is in that sincerity that makes you root and laugh with these bunch of
knuckleheads throughout their surreal and magnificent adventures. It is such an effortless watch (again, bare in mind the three caveats above) and has a lifetime of re-watch-ability--dare I say a masterwork of B Cinema.
In closing, I'd like to leave you with some ironic philosophy (because they do kill upwards to 100 people in this film) from Y.K. Kim:
Side note: There are many celebrity doppelgangers in this movie. Below are just a few, let us know if you spot anymore!
Written by Aaron Allard