Ninja III: The Domination (1984)
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We all know that Sho Kosugi rocks. That is a given, but how about Jordan Bennett's ultra macho interpretation of his character police officer "Billy Secord"? Bravo Mr. Bennett, bravo. You prove early on, while trying to seduce the buxom Christie (played to perfection by one Miss Lucinda Dickey of Breakin' fame)that you are not afraid to take chances on your craft. I particularly enjoyed how you do not feel the need to step in and attempt to help her as 4 thugs try to rape her outside her gym. Oh you could have helped sure, but by standing there and watching you let her know who was boss. Secord will wear the pants in this relationship. I also enjoyed how Mr. Bennett was not afraid to repeatedly take off his shirt or wear the wife-beater tank top despite his gorilla like shoulders and back. Back and shoulder hair are hot and Secord knows it. And How about Lucinda Dickey? All I can say is "KABOOM" - I see a sex bomb getting ready to explode. She's got all the right moves as both a temptress and a martial arts whiz. The chemistry behind Dickey and Bennett is what makes this movie tick. You'd think she would hate him because he's kind of a cheesy jerk, but no my friends. The animal magnetism is too strong to resist, and they bond like crazy glue. Sho Kasugi is not as prominent as you might think, though still a main character, which is fine by me because all I wanted was more Bennett and Dickey. He does seem to wear a lot of eye makeup which was nice to see. The special effects? Wow. That is all I can say. I will not give away the ending but let's just say it will not disappoint. I love Ninja III: The domination, and can only hope that there is a Ninja 4. I give it a 5 out of 5 throwing stars. disappoint.
For almost no reason at all (At least it's not explained in the movie), a guy comes into a cave looking for a hidden sword. He finds it, and the sword transforms him into a super ninja. He then goes out to a golf course, and kills a couple (Again it's not explained who they were) and gets chased by the cops. Cops shoots him with guns and shot guns, but the ninja guy doesn't die (Again no reason). Then he escapes, and meets a girl (Lucinda Dicky). Then a strange thing happens: The spirit of the sword transfers to the girl, and now the girl becomes the super ninja. Then the possessed girl goes out on the revenge on people that shot the first ninja guy. Now enter Sho Kosugi. He's a ninja too, and seems to know all about what's going on, and shows up at key locations (Again for no reason explained). How would they save the girl from the ninja possession ?
This is movie that's purely made for entertainment. As you can see, the premise of the story suddenly happens, and then just keeps going without any explanation, but you don't care because of Lucinda's physical charm. She's the most beef cake actress I've ever seen. Other supporting actors are pretty good. Whatever the reason, the producers knew what they were doing, because this is an entertaining movie.
It's a good movie, and is recommended for viewing.
Regardless, a ninja kills a scientist, because they wear yellow sweaters and golf, who is pursued by the police. It takes about half the police force to take him down and when they do eventually kill him, there are no discernible bullet wounds. His spirit lives on however when a woman finds her and touches his katana.
From then on, she periodically gets possessed and kills the police officers who killed the original ninja. Then another ninja from Japan comes to kill the evil ninja. This might be a plot device from the previous two films, or perhaps a plot hole. All I know is that this movie is very campy, bad and entertaining. This is something to watch with a tub of popcorn, and several friends and give it the MST3K treatment.
FRANKIE HOLTZMANN SMALES.
And the flashdance, was it really needed? I mean, I imagine ninja flicks should be all fight and cool moves, not some aerobics class with sweaty people in the crowded gym.
A stupid sequel, did not warrant a good comment. So sorry dear producer, but 1/10 is the best rating I can give.
A young and hot telephone worker (Lucinda Dickey) is slowly possessed by an evil ninja. She turns into a killing machine when she takes possession of a ninja sword she finds on duty. Sho Kosugi stars as a "good" ninja who picks up some bad mojo whilst searching for the evil ninja. His search leads him in the general direction of Lucinda. Now he knows where the evil ninja is, he pulls out his magic bag and fights him. Who will win the battle of good versus evil?
You have to hand it to the filmmakers for trying something different. Instead of rehashing the same old plot, they tried to add some mysticism to the storyline. The results are a mixed bag. But Sho Kosugi and Lucinda Dickey more than make up for it. Not as good as the last movie but better than the first.
Recommended for Sho Kosugi fans.
Director Sam Firstenberg, working from a blithely absurd script by James R. Silke, keeps the marvelously ludicrous story zipping along at a snappy pace, treats the loopy handy-dandy multi-genre combo premise with admirable seriousness, and stages the martial arts fights with considerable aplomb (the opening sequence with the black ninja slaughtering a slew of cops is a rip-roaring doozy!). The extremely hirsute Jordan Bennett lends likable support as Christie's concerned police officer boyfriend Billy while familiar character actor James Hong has a neat bit as helpful spiritualist Miyashima. The love scene involving V8 juice rates as a definite campy highlight. Moreover, the roaring rock soundtrack, sweaty aerobics, a way cool video game called Bouncer, gaudy special effects, and "Flashdance"-style leotards and leg warmers all give this picture a certain endearingly cheesy 80's period charm. Hanania Baer's slick cinematography provides an impressive polished look. The spirited syncopated synthesizer score by Mischa Segal and Udi Harpaz hits the funky-throbbing spot. A real kitschy hoot and a half.
Director Sam Firstenberg, a regular in Cannon Group productions (his other credits including "American Ninja" and "Avenging Force"), really seems to be having fun with the melding of genres here, and this movie sizes up as *very* cheesy and *very* funny entertainment that scarcely takes a breath. Its opening 17 minutes surely has to rank as one of the best ever openings for a cult film. There's plenty of action to enjoy; Dickey looks great in and out of ninja costume even if she is doubled by stunt men for the majority of the action sequences. Mr. Kosugi is in extremely fine form, especially for the final showdown with the black ninja at the movies' conclusion. Jordan Bennett, as a cop who becomes Christies' love interest, is annoying for a while but he does eventually grow on you. Also among the cast is the incredibly prolific and always wonderful character actor James Hong, playing a Japanese spiritualist. The horror parts of this movie are never exactly scary, but that's part of the clunky charm of this thing, which does feature one of the oddest bits of product placement ever seen in cinema.
Bottom line: this is solid no-brainer escapism. If you're ready to just kick back and put your brain in neutral, the laughs and thrills are enough to keep you satisfied for 94 straight minutes.
Eight out of 10.
This film is very refreshing, and likely to be banned at any moment. Get a copy of it before the thought police burn every copy they can find. They don't want you to have hope for the future, or to think you have a chance.
On the other hand, should Political Correctness fail to supress it, this would be an excellent movie to release on DVD. Such a release could contain interviews with the writer and director, and related goodies. I'm sure it would sell some copies, and I would be one of the first to buy it.
While I admit there are plenty of silly special effects sequences which include objects moving around by themselves, an arcade machine emanating a laser light(into Dickey's face), and lots of steam spraying throughout Christie's house, there's still lots of martial arts action for fans of the genre. The opening sequence goes on for a cool twenty minutes as Black Ninja lays waste to everyone in his sight, hopping over police cars, roping trees and climbing them with ease, knocking police officers for a loop. Dickey has one impressive fight scene where she wipes out weight-lifting heavies picking on a girl outside the exercise facility. Kosugi and Dickey(or maybe her stunt double)go at it in an abandoned building where the floors and walls are brittle to the point where bodies fall through them rather easily. There's one exciting scene where a possessed Dickey in ninja attire attacks LA PD attending the funeral of one of their own, using bow and arrows, before giving chase which leads to her first meeting with Kosugi. And of course to top it all off Kosugi and David Chung have their thrilling sword play at the very end which escalates into a rocky, mountainous region to conclude this movie. So if you can get past the rather cheesy premise and fantasy moments, there's enough to recommend I believe. That said, the bonkers possession plot might actually earn NINJA III:THE DOMINATION a cult following; I imagine such craziness will appeal to an audience which embraces Dickey running around her room attempting to evade Black Ninja's evil presence or the scene where James Hong evokes the spirit while Christie is in restraints(her hair streaked gray and face white, body spinning forward, Dickey beckoning for rescue as Black Ninja takes control, forewarning Hong to leave well enough alone).
Cristie is a phoneline repair woman and aerobics teacher who gets possessed by an evil ninja assassin. She then procceeds to slice kill cops who shot her tormentor down.
This is Flashdance meets The Exorcist, it's a horror movie, a martil arts movie and an action movie all in one and is directed by Sam Firstenberg, the man who brought us Breakin' 2 Electric Boogaloo.
this one special movie, made by sho kosugi, not only shows all of those techniques and skills, but also teaches many and many lessons on how to achieve them, and one can verify that by seeing a LUCINDA DICKEY performing fantastic and unforgettable acting skills in NINJUTSU...
I strongly recommend watching this movie more than thrice, because three times is not enough to seek out hints and tips given so easily by sho kosugi to those who really seek knowledge itself, the gnosis...