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Cocaine, Ninjas, and Y.K. Kim: Celebrating 25 Years of “Miami Connection”

Posted in action/adventure, cast & crew, cult status, directors, film, filmmaking, news, pop-culture, trailers with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 29, 2012 by worldofmatmos

Okay, so it’s been nearly four years since the blog’s been updated, to wit, I’ve been busy since my twins were born shortly after my last post. But I’m back. Anyhow, World of Matmos is back online, and this first post is about a film that was literally near (but not-so-dear) to me, as it was shot in my backyard–Orlando, Florida. In the mid-1980s, Tae Kwon Do Grandmaster Y.K. Kim was all over the television, and as a kid I remember seeing him around town. A local celebrity. Plus, like many kids my age back then (circa¬†Karate Kid I & II) I was into martial arts, so Y.K. Kim was kind of a badass.

Miami Connection was released in 1987, playing the local drive-in circuit (and according to IMDB was released in West Germany during its initial run) before being relegated to home video, where it eventually gained cult movie status among B-movie genre geeks like yours truly and has earned its place as golden VHS fodder over the years.

The plot revolves around a band of ass-kicking musical martial artists called Dragon Sound (with their authentic mustached-and-mulleted eighties rock track “Against the Ninja”) as they try to thwart a group of coke-smuggling ninjas running the yeyo out of Miami. What ensues is 90 minutes of absolute badassery with some of the best action scenes this side of a Golan-Globus production. If you can get past some of the inane dialogue and characters, you’ll get to witness Y.K. Kim dole out beatings to packs of wild coke thugs, showcasing his awesome Tae Kwon Do skills (and not-so-awesome writing/directing skills). Overall, this movie is a blast to watch and I for one am glad to see that it will be getting a proper theatrical release this November in Chicago.

A new trailer surfaced a couple of weeks ago from Jason Eisener, the fine young film cannibal behind the very fun and twisted hit (and one of my favorite films of the last few years) Hobo With a Shotgun. The man gets the vibe of these 80s action movies and he cuts the shit out of this trailer.

Behold Miami Connection:

-Matmos the Terrible