3 items from 2011
Directed by: Menahem Golan
The Cannon Group struck gold with its first martial arts film, 1981's Enter the Ninja. Though Western audiences had seen ninjas before, most notably in the 1967 James Bond film You Only Live Twice, this movie changed how these shadow warriors were portrayed on the screen.
Transplanting martial arts mayhem into a gunslinger plotline, the ninja gained near-superhuman abilities and a more heroic disposition. The resulting film was successful enough for Cannon to launch two franchises (Enter the Ninja and American Ninja) and embedded the art of Ninjutsu into American pop culture.
The film opens as Westerner Cole (Franco Nero) is completing his final test in Ninjutsu, thus earning the right to practice and teach the art. But Hasegawa (Sho Kosugi), a high-ranking ninja in the dojo, isn't happy with »
- Chris McMillan
This may sound like utter bullshit to a lot of you out there, but I swear that the following anecdote is 100% true. Pinky swear! You see, I had a very unusual dream not too long ago, one that featured a gas station/video store from my childhood. As an adult, my dream self randomly stumbled across this business just as I remember it from the mid-80′s, complete with old issues of Cracked Magazine, boxes of Garbage Pail Kids stickers, and an odd assortment of motion pictures on VHS. On the wall, next to scores of weird titles that may or may not exist, was a copy of “Ninja III: The Domination”, a movie I haven’t thought about in 20 years, at the very least. I’m utterly thrilled that my fractured subconscious was looking out for me, as I may never have remembered it otherwise. Honestly, I can’t »
- Todd Rigney
After the body of a sexy bouffant-haired telephone maintenance engineer – who is also and aerobics instructor on the side – is possessed by the spirit of an evil ninja, she begins systematically killing (using her new-found ninja skills of course) the officers responsible for the ninja’s death and can only be stopped by another ninja!
When I found out the Ninja lll: The Domination was available to stream via LOVEFiLM’s Playstation 3 service I knew I was on to a winner, what I didn’t bargain on was the Psn network going down mid-viewing, so thank god it came back on yesterday and I could finish my Ninja lll fix! One of the campest, yet coolest, of the 80s ninja movies, Ninja lll mixes »
3 items from 2011
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