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It's a tai-kwon-do rock band battling drug smuggling ninja bikers. Need we say more?

The year is 1987. Motorcycle ninjas tighten their grip on Florida's narcotics trade, viciously annihilating anyone who dares move in on their turf. Multi-national martial arts rock band Dragon Sounds have had enough, and embark on a roundhouse wreck-wave of crime-crushing justice. When not chasing beach bunnies or performing their hit song "Against the Ninja," Mark (kung-fu master/inspirational speaker Y.K. Kim) and the boys are kicking and chopping at the drug world's smelliest underbelly. It'll take every ounce of their blood and courage, but Dragon Sounds can't stop until they've completely destroyed the dealers, the drunk bikers, the kill-crazy ninjas, the middle-aged thugs, the "stupid cocaine"... and the entire MIAMI CONNECTION!!!

Re-discovered in 2013, Miami Connection has become a cult sensation with its ludicrously bloody fights, bizarre dialogue ("I didn't know you had a father. I thought we are all orphans") and fist-pumping power anthems. However the story of why it has taken almost 15 years to be fully appreciated is as impressive as the film itself.

Back in 2010, Zack Carlson, one of the programmers at the excellent Alamo Drafthouse in Texas discovered an original 35mm print of the film on eBay and paid $50 for it, not having ever seen the film before in his life. It was his blind purchase that soon saw Miami Connection undergo a massive re-birth and branded the next 'must-see ‘good bad’ movie' with sell-out screenings all over the country.

“Most of the movies that were being made in that era were attempting to cash-in,” says Zach Carlson, a programmer at the Alamo Drafthouse. “There are uncountable Rambo knock-offs, there’s a million Road Warrior knock-offs. And all of them feel pretty crass in their attempt to turn a profit. But Y.K. Kim wasn’t aware of what was popular in movies. He just was so dedicated to his martial arts lifestyle. When he made that movie, it was coming completely from his mind and his very unique world and the sincerity of it is really what makes it count. It’s so beautifully innocent and it’s so pure. That is I think what always makes a movie a, quote unquote, cult classic.”

In short, Miami Connection is "the most glorious amalgamation of everything great about the 80s" and it has to be seen to be believed.

Please note: the film is rated 18+. 

“Miami Connection is one of those rare films where the positive energy exuded by its oh-so-amateur cast and crew starts to rub off on you, despite the fact that almost all of the basic tenets of motion-picture storytelling are non-existent." Eric Melin, Scene-Stealers.com

“Nonsensical dialogue, painful acting, lots of strobe lights, and even more fighting -- what more could a person want? Perhaps a beheading? Miami Connection has that, too.” Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle

“Love it or hate it, it's doubtful you'll ever forget it, and it may just force you to redefine your definition of what constitutes "good" cinema.” Rob Humanick, Slant Magazine

"Awesome and proof that God exists... A psychotronic masterpiece!" Mr. Beaks, Ain't It Cool News

About The Bristol Bad Film Club @ Bristol Improv Theatre

Bristol Bad Film Club is where movie fans can behold some of the most unique and notorious films ever put to celluloid. Created by film fanatic Ti Singh, the club was formed in 2014 and has built up a cult-following - with tickets flying out the door. After all, in the words of Pauline Kael: “We all love good movies, but a true cinephile is someone who totally digs talking about the worst movies they’ve seen.”

How to claim

The screening starts at 8pm. Make sure you get yourself over to the Bristol Improv Theatre in good time. Introduce yourself as a Wriggler with a smile and show your unique Wriggle to claim your ticket. And enjoy!

How to get there

Bristol Improv Theatre, 50 St Paul's Rd, Bristol BS8 1LP, UK
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