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Ninja III: The Domination (1984)

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An evil ninja attempts to avenge his death from beyond the grave, by possessing an innocent woman's body.

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Sam Firstenberg

Writer:

James R. Silke
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shô Kosugi ... Yamada
Lucinda Dickey ... Christie
Jordan Bennett Jordan Bennett ... Billy Secord
David Chung ... Black Ninja
Dale Ishimoto ... Okuda
James Hong ... Miyashima
Bob Craig Bob Craig ... Netherland
Pamela Ness Pamela Ness ... Alana
Roy Padilla Roy Padilla ... Winslow
Moe Mosley Moe Mosley ... Pickwick
John LaMotta John LaMotta ... Case
Ron Foster Ron Foster ... Jiminez
Steven Lambert ... Pilot (as Steve Lambert)
Earl W. Smith ... Jefferson (as Earl Smith)
Carver Barnes Carver Barnes ... Nicholson
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Storyline

The body of a sexy aerobics instructor is invaded by the evil spirit of a dying ninja. At first, changes in her behavior is limited to having strange interactions with an arcade game, doing sexy things with V8 juice, and being attracted to an unusually hairy police officer. But soon enough, she's systematically killing, ninja-style, the officers responsible for the ninja's death, and can only be stopped by another ninja! Written by Brian J. Wright <bjwright@acs.ucalgary.ca>

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He's the ultimate killer, she's the perfect weapon. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 September 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Den sorte ninja See more »

Filming Locations:

Glendale, Arizona, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,727,546, 16 September 1984

Gross USA:

$7,610,785

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,610,785
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The Kuji-Kiri are the Ninja's Nine Levels of Power. They are 1. Rin - Strength of mind and body. 2. Kyo - Direction of energy. 3. Toh - Harmony with the universe. 4. Sha - Healing of self and others. 5. Kai - Premonition of danger. 6. Jin - Knowing the thoughts of others. 7. Retsu - Mastery of time and space. 8. Zai - Control of the elements of nature. and 9. Zen - Enlightenment. See more »

Goofs

(Around 4 minutes in) the ninja picks up the golf ball palm down but in the next shot his fist is palm up. See more »

Quotes

Secord: You know? I am sick and tired about hearing how you don't like cops, cause I'm gonna tell you something Ms. Independence. I like being a cop. And if you don't want to go out with me just because I'm a cop, then the hell with you lady!
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Alternate Versions

The film was cut by 1 min 12 secs for its UK cinema release to remove all footage of metal throwing stars. All cuts were waived for the 2015 video release. See more »


Soundtracks

Body Shop
Music and lyrics by David Powell (as Dave Powell)
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Quarter, quarter...
26 August 2002 | by Mr ParkerSee all my reviews

The good ninja (Sho Kosugi) in this movie wears an eyepatch over his eye with a slit in it, presumably to give it a "cat's eye" look. Me and my friend joked that sticking a quarter in there would grant him the ability to see out of that eye for five minutes. That joke in itself made the movie watchable. Let me put it to you this way: the evil ninja gets completely surrounded by the cops and shot to pieces before disappearing with the aid of his trusty ninja smoke bomb (didn't you ever have one when you were a kid?). Never mind that though the cops are in a tight circle shooting chest high towards the center, they don't shoot each other. Never mind that, like someone else pointed out in an earlier comment, the mix of nine to ten film genres in this movie crash like two freight trains on a trestle. The movie just hurts to watch. Watch only if you want a little nostalgia, as we all do from time to time. Or if you secretly wanted to be a ninja when you were little. Or if you still do. Otherwise.... Rating: 1/2* out of *****.


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