Martial arts pic from Y.K. Kim was first released in 1987

Drafthouse Films has acquired North American rights to martial arts pic “Miami Connection,” directed by Y.K. Kim.

Film tells the story of rock band Dragon Sound as they seek to mete out justice in the streets of Orlando.

“Miami Connection” was originally released in 1987 and vanished into obscurity until Austin-based Alamo Drafthouse programmer Zack Carlson bought a print on eBay for $50 recently. “We have multiple weekly 35mm exploitation series at the Drafthouse, and ‘Miami Connection’ has repeatedly destroyed our audience in a more powerful way than anything else in the 15 years of our theater’s existence,” Carlson said.

The film has since screened across the country at festivals and repertory theaters.

“Miami Connection” will have a relaunch screening at this year’s New York Asian Film Festival on July 7 with Kim in attendance and will return to cinemas, homevideo and debut on digital platforms in the fourth quarter.

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