Drafthouse Films is releasing some of the stranger, more cutting edge modern films, but they're not just staying in the here and now. The company's mandate is to also rescue gems that have faded into obscurity, and Miami Connection is definitely one of those.
This 1987 film had disappeared from minds after its quick theatrical and VHS release. Then Zack Carlson, Alamo programming genius, stumbled on a 35mm copy on eBay. He blind bought it and played the first reel for an unsuspecting theater - and promptly wrecked their shit.
"Miami Connection has repeatedly destroyed our audience in a more powerful way than anything else in the 15 years of our theater’s existence," says Zack.
What is the film? Here's the info from Drafthouse Films:
Directed by 9th degree black belt philosopher/author/inspirational speaker Grandmaster Y.K. Kim, the film tells the story of fearless synth rock band Dragon Sound as they embark on a roundhouse wreck-wave of crime-crushing justice in the streets of Orlando. Now in HD from elements sourced by the America Genre Film Archive (AGFA), Miami Connection will have its official re-launch screening at this year’s New York Asian Film Festival on Saturday, July 7th (with Grandmaster Kim in attendance) and will return to cinemas, home video and debut on digital platforms in Q4 of 2012.
I've seen Miami Connection and it is AMAZING. If you're a connoiseur of gloriously bad films, Miami Connection is a movie that will seismically impact your very soul. Trust me when I tell you that this is one of the greatest midnight movies I have ever seen, and that it is up there with the most extraordinary bad movies ever made. Finally, Miami Connection will take its place as a true, eternal cult classic.
Here's a scene to give you some atmosphere, and be sure to check out the spoilery trailer that the Cinefamily made when the film played there.