->''Friends through eternity\\
Loyalty and honesty\\
We'll stand together\\
Through thick or thin\\
Friends forever\\
We'll be together\\
We're on top\\
'Cause we play to win''
-->-- '''Dragon Sound''', "Friends"

''Miami Connection'' is a [[MartialArtsMovie martial arts film]] produced in 1987. It was the brainchild of director Richard Park and writer/producer/star Grandmaster Y.K. Kim (a Korean taekwondo expert and motivational speaker), who just wanted to make "a good film about Taekwondo" featuring authentic martial arts. Described by critics as a "cocaine-war- rock-ninja- motorcycle-gang film, with aspirations of being an action-adventure musical", ''Miami Connection'' was savaged during its initial run but enjoyed success as a cult film when it was restored and re-released in 2012 by Drafthouse Films.

In [[PresentDay the year 1987]], a shadowy band of ninja bikers led by the mysterious White Ninja has cornered the central Florida cocaine trade by ruthlessly eliminating their rivals. When Jeff, a thuggish gang leader and associate of the White Ninja, discovers his sister is dating the lead bassist of hit Taekwondo black-belt rock-band Dragon Sound, he teams up with the band's jealous rivals to destroy them. But Dragon Sound won't give in to evil and fight back, setting up an inevitable martial arts showdown with the White Ninja and the entire Miami Connection.

The official re-release trailer cut by Film/HoboWithAShotgun director Jason Eisener can be seen [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VpZu69OB2KM here.]]

On October 1, 2015, Podcast/RiffTrax [[{{MST}} riffed]] the film live. WebVideo/TheCinemaSnob has also [[http://www.thecinemasnob.com/the-cinema-snob/miami-connection reviewed it]].

!!This movie contains examples of:

* EightiesHair: Virtually everyone. Aesthetically, this film is almost a perfect time capsule from 1987.
* AbsurdlySharpBlade: Those ninja swords are insane. Witness as one of the ninjas gets his head cut off at the neck with one strike and another gets slashed on his face that looks like clay. Also, one of the cocaine dealers in the beginning of the movie gets his arm cut off with one strike.
* AvengingTheVillain: After Jeff dies, Hashito the white ninja has a flashback of him and Jeff together and then goes out to kill the members of Dragon Sound.
* BadassCrew: Dragon Sound, a band that also knows taekwondo and manages to hold its own when vastly outnumbered in street fights.
* BadassMustache: Tom sports one in addition to his curly mullet and CarpetOfVirility, making him so '80s it hurts.
* BadBoss: The White Ninja, who kills those who fail him.
* BeardOfEvil: Jeff sports a very thick beard.
* BigBad: The White Ninja, attempted drug lord of Miami.
* BrickBreak: Hashito demonstrates his martial arts prowess with a feat of brick-breaking. Unfortunately the actor only manages to break about 25% of the bricks in the stack.
* BrokenAesop: The film ends with the message, "Only through the elimination of violence can we achieve world peace." All of the band's problems are solved by violence.
* CarpetOfVirility: Tom shows off his hairy chest in just about every scene.
* CarryABigStick: Most of the street toughs in the film carry a staff or club, many of them with spikes.
* ChekhovsSkill: Mark's taekwondo skills as demonstrated to his friends turn out to be useful when he fights the White Ninja.
* ConservationOfNinjutsu: Averted at the start of the film. Played straight during the climax.
* CreatorCameo: Richard Park, the film's director, has a small role as Mark's uncle Song.
* DeepSouth: A small but noticeable share of the mooks our heroes face off against are stereotypical Deep South "redneck" types, often to the point of surreal caricature.
* DisneyVillainDeath: How [[spoiler:Jeff]] dies, sparing Mark the trouble.
* DistressedDude: Tom gets captured by Jeff's gang in order to lure out the rest of Dragon Sound.
* DisproportionateRetribution
** The old band threatens to run Dragon Sound out of town simply because they got replaced by them.
** Jane's brother Jeff and his gang wants to take out Mark and his friends because Jane was dating John.
* DrugsAreBad: Suggested early on to be the ultimate moral of the film, but the plot drifts away somewhat.
* DullSurprise: "Oh, ninjas."
* EasilyForgiven: When John tries to tell Jane about having to kill her brother, she literally talks over him about how she understands what happened.
* {{Engrish}}: Mark suffers from a serious condition of this, making almost all his lines very hard to understand.
* EverybodysDeadDave: A ninja tells this to his evil ninja boss almost verbatim. [[spoiler:It's that same evil ninja boss who finalizes the situation, by cutting off the whiner's head.]]
* EverythingsBetterWithSpinning: A lot of Mark's moves involve spinning kicks.
* FakeShemp: In the reshot version of the climactic scene, the White Ninja is played by William Eagle (Jeff), as the original actor was no longer available.
* FanDisservice: At the motorcycle ralley, we get some random shots of rough-looking biker chicks flashing the camera and getting groped by bikers, and then a male biker moons at the camera.
* FunbagAirbag: Tom gets knocked into the cleavage of a girl sunbathing at the beach when he tries to hit on some ladies. The girl and her friends then slap him and throw him away.
* GunsAreWorthless: The drug smugglers in the beginning are all armed with Uzis and fail to hit any of the attacking ninjas. The only other gun is owned by the leader of the rival band, who decides to cock it and pose directly beside the hiding Jim, who knocks him out.
* HighlyVisibleNinja: Especially when they ride on motorcycles during the day.
* HumbleGoal:
** The heroes simply want to get a tour of their band together. They have no other goal besides reacting to people trying to kill them.
** The villains are motivated to destroy Dragon Sound to get the proceeds of a club band gig. The rival bands want to replace them as the regular club band, and Jeff gets involved on the prospect of getting that gig money for himself. Beating up his sister's boyfriend is a bonus.
* {{Improv}}: A lot of the dialogue is obviously improvised or at best loosely scripted. The HamToHamCombat between the rival band and the club owner is obviously not scripted, with each character blurting repetitive dialogue on top of the other's.
* ImprovisedWeapon: Various characters grab sticks and barrels to throw and whack each other with. Jim puzzlingly carries a short piece of PVC pipe to the rescue of Tom, even though he would have had plenty of time to pack a better weapon.
* ItsPersonal: When [[spoiler: Jim gets seriously wounded in the final battle, both Mark and John go psycho on the remaining ninjas.]]
* JumpCut: Used very inappropriately and is very jarring to the flow of the movie.
* KatanasAreJustBetter: The final battle is mostly conducted with katanas. Dragon Sound, in spite of studying the Korean art of Tae Kwon Do, seem perfectly comfortable handling the Japanese swords.
* KnightOfCerebus: Once the White Ninja sends his ninjas against Mark and his friends, the movie suddenly takes a very dark tone that greatly contrasts the happier mood of the earlier scenes.
* LargeHam: The manager of the old band, who seems to be shouting all of his lines.
* MoodWhiplash: The movie is filled with them, but for the wrong reasons.
** John goes into Jane's classroom and flirts around with her. The next scene is her talking about her divorced parents and how she doesn't like her gang leader brother.
** John teases Jim by not letting him get his mail. After he gets it, Jim gives a long, tearful monologue about his long-lost father. Immediately after this scene, Jim and the rest of the gang frolic at the beach.
** Jim finds his father, and finds out his father is flying to Orlando to meet him. Everyone's excited, and there's a long segment of everyone helping Jim buy a new suit and generally get ready for the meeting. Then on the way to the airport, they're attacked by ninjas, and Jim is immediately seriously wounded.
** The ending. In what was before a silly, somewhat dumb 80s movie inexplicably has a dark, violent, grisly FinalBattle.
* MultinationalTeam: The members of Dragon Sound come from a range of different backgrounds including Korean (Mark), Italian (Tom) and Israeli (Jack).
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: Cocaine-dealing motorcycle-riding Miami ninjas, coming to Orlando.
* NonIndicativeName: The ninjas steal a shipment of cocaine in Miami in the opening scene, but neither Miami nor the ninjas' drug escapades have any bearing on the rest of the plot.
* OrphansOrdeal: The members of Dragon Sound are all orphans. Jim is very concerned over finding his long-lost father.
* {{Overcrank}}: Many moves do both this and slow motion in the same shot.
* OverlyLongScream: Jim's scream upon being wounded lasts a full ten seconds, long enough for three different reaction shots.
* OverprotectiveDad: Jeff plays this role for his sister. He's dead-set against her going out with John because he thinks John's a loser.
* PipePain: Jim brings a section of PVC pipe to Tom's rescue.
** Other characters use pipes as weapons, which act like {{Absurdly Sharp Blade}}s.
* PlayingGertrude: The actor playing Jim's dad has white powder in his hair and is clearly younger than "his son".
* PoliceAreUseless: The cops take no more than two steps away from their car after asking, "Where did everybody go?"
* ThePowerOfFriendship: Some of the songs are based on it, including "Friends for Eternity."
* PrettyInMink: One way to show the band is doing well are the nice clothes Jane has, such as her gray rabbit fur jacket she wears (in the scene where the heroes are challenged by another gang) over her evening dress after the group had attended... something not shown, but with the way they all were dressed it was clearly something fancy.
* RandomEventsPlot: There are scenes in this movie that just happen with no exposition, lead-in, or explanation made for them. One example is when the good guys eat at an Asian restaurant, and that's all they do for the entire scene.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: When Jim gets severely wounded by the ninjas, Mark and John unleash their rage on the ninjas and brutally kill them all in another MoodWhiplash by the movie. Jim gets better, thankfully.
* SayMyName: During the final battle, Mark screams Jim's name into his face for several seconds.
* ScreamingWarrior: The gang at the end when they are attacking the ninjas, contrasting with their nice attitudes from the beginning of the film.
* SeriousBusiness: Being the in-house band of a particular Orlando club is this for Dragon Sound's rivals, and the rivals do not take getting fired, and then replaced by Dragon Sound, well at all. They're so obsessed with getting their job back that they actually hire thugs to kill them! In fact, they're ''so'' obsessed with getting their job back they offer their future paycheck for playing as payment to the thugs!
* ShirtlessScene: Shirts seem to be in very short supply in Orlando during TheEighties. Half of the cast goes shirtless for no particular reason. In the final scene, John rips his shirt off before going on a stabbing spree.
* ShovelStrike: One mook grabs a shovel during the trainyard fight, and tries to attack Mark with it. He gets his ass kicked.
* SocietyMarchesOn: Our heroes make cat-calls and shout propositions at girls on the beach from their car, which is generally regarded as harassment today.
* SuspiciouslyAproposMusic: Dragon Sound performs "Against the Ninja" while the evil ninja clan steals the cocaine. At this point, Dragon Sound has no idea who the ninja are or what they're doing.
* TechnicalPacifist: No one in Dragon Sound wants to do any more than rough their rivals up if they had no other choice. [[spoiler: Then Jim nearly gets killed. No one lives!]]
* ThemeNaming: Almost every major character has a name starting with "J", the only outliers being Mark, Tom, and Yashito.
* TrueCompanions: Dragon Sound, who are apparently all orphans. Their main song, "Friends," is about the power of friendship.
* TheVillainSucksSong: "Against the Ninja," which is about the cocaine-swiping ninja villains. Dragon Sound performs it at the beginning of the film, when it's [[SuspiciouslyAproposMusic suspiciously appropriate]].
* VillainsOutShopping: Hashito and Jeff visit a motorcycle rally.
* WavingSignsAround: During the beach montage, there's an out-of-place shot of a man from a Christian church holding a sign advocating the establishment of a nudist beach around the Orlando area.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse[=/=]KarmaHoudini: After Jeff's death, his gang of {{Mooks}} isn't seen again. In fact, they're never arrested either; they practically got away with assaulting the heroes AND kidnapping one of them.
* WorldOfBadass: Apparently, everyone in the movie knows martial arts. Even the band managers have a fight scene to themselves. Almost the entire cast, including extras and background bodies, were recruited from Y.K Kim's students.
* WouldntHitAGirl: In spite of being a Tae Kwon Do blackbelt, Tom does not defend himself from the various women who attack him on the beach. His friends have to drag him away by the foot when he curls into a fetal position.