This is a once-in-a-lifetime movie. Seriously. This is as good as a karate movie gets. How do we know? Its got all the tropes. Full songs that are oddly specific to the scene? Check. Sensei beating the shit out of their own students? Check. Always doing the right thing no matter what? Just listen to the lyrics…
We absolutely adore this movie and always, ALWAYS have a ton of fun when watching and now we finally get to profess our love of Miami Connection, Dragon Sound, and Jim’s Dad. This is our final movie of this season and we IMPLORE you to listen to our breakdown, then run out and buy a copy of Miami Connection for your own library so you can watch again and again.
This movie was Y.K. Kim’s vision and brainchild, with Richard Park (a Korean film director) facilitating the entire thing. Park came to Kim after seeing him on a talk show. With no film experience he created this masterpiece because all that matters is what’s in your heart. Believe it or not, they spent about $1M to make the movie and was a total flop in 1988, only running for 3 weeks in the greater Central Florida area. 21 years pass…
Then an employee at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin discovers the film, screens it one night at the theater to a huge response. Takes it the people at Drafthouse FIlms who work for MONTHS to convince Kim to allow them to distribute the film. Eventually Kim concedes, they start doing midnight showings and now its got a much deserved cult following.
So many people want to say this is a terrible movie and they use it to just rip it apart and capitalize on the “bad movie” trend. These people don’t care about these movies the way we do. They only want to tear down and use other people’s misfortunes to build themselves up. This goes against everything this movie stands for. Friendship. Honesty. Loyalty. These are the things that matter in life and Kim knew that. I will never tear this movie down, it is fantastic and tells an amazing story about friendship and family. This is the only movie in this season that has an actual heart, and not dollar signs in their eyes.
- Y.K. Kim as Mark
- Vincent Hirsch as John
- William Ergle as Jeff
- Siyung Jo as Yashito
- Kathie Collier as Jane
- Joseph Diamond as Jack
- Maurice Smith as Jim
- Angelo Janotti as Tom
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