|MIAMI CONNECTION (director/writer: Y. K. Kim and Richard Park; screenwriter: story by Y. K. Kim and Richard Park/Vincent Hirsch/Joseph Diamond; cinematographer: Maximo Munzi; editor: ; music: Jon McCallum; cast: Y. K. Kim (Mark), Vincent Hirsch (John), Joseph Diamond (Jack), Maurice Smith (Jim), Angelo Janotti (Tom), Kathy Collier (Jane), William Ergle (Jeff), Siyung Jo (Yashito); Runtime: 83; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Y. K. Kim; Drafthouse Films; 1987)|
|"Just a dreadful but naively
entertaining made in America martial arts
by Dennis Schwartz
a dreadful but naively entertaining made in America
martial arts film. It's directed, produced and
starring immigrant Korean filmmaker Y. K. Kim (who
runs a Martial Arts school in Orlando Florida).
It's poorly acted (but hilarious because the actors
are so serious over this nonsense). The cornball story
is by Y. K. Kim and Richard Park is a
mess. The muddled screenplay is written by Kim, Vincent
Hirsch and Joseph Diamond.
It climaxes with a deadly street fight between the
rock band called Dragon Sound and a drug-running motorcycle
ninja gang from Miami. The tagline is:
Survival is the ultimate test. I'd be hard
pressed to point out a more absurd and brutal
tae kwon do film. It's message, after showing
gratuitous violence throughout, is "Only
through the elimination of violence can we achieve
action takes place in Orlando, where the popular night
spot's scummy drug-dealing owner Jeff (William
Ergle) fires a band and replaces them with
a local band, into tae kwon do,
called Dragon Sound. Their older Korean leader Mark (Y.
K. Kim) is a tae kwon do blackbelt.
The other members are his martial arts students and
attend college during the day: Jack (Joseph
Diamond), Tom (Angelo
Janotti), Jim (Maurice Smith)
and John (Vincent Hirsch).
Everyone in the synth rock group is an orphan and they
live together. The close-knit group of multiracial
youngsters stick together no matter the danger.
Their new singer is college coed Jane (Kathy
Collier), the boyfriend of John and the
sister of the vile Jeff.
fired rival gang hires a biker gang to beat Dragon
Sound up, but instead get their asses kicked. The
dramatics take us to more street battles and of Jeff
killed by the Dragon Sound in one such street fight.
Jeff's Miami connected ninja gang ally vows revenge
and goes biker-style to Orlando for the rumble.
Besides the terrible pop music and the dumb dialogue, one gets to see a head decapitation by a samurai sword wielder. It's the sort of film that proves that just because you think you can make a film, doesn't mean that you can.
REVIEWED ON 6/15/2015 GRADE: C
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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