A fierce Ninja is killed by a group of cops but thatâ€™s not the end of his hood wearing ass! His spirit possesses the yummy body of a leg-warmers whoring, cable repair girl named Christie (Dickey). Guided by the evil force that penetrated her, Christie dons a Ninja suit, packs the Shurikens and heads out to gruesomely butcher the police officers responsible for the Ninjaâ€™s death. And then the V8 kicks inâ€¦YEEHAW!
He's the ultimate killer, she's the perfect weapon.
Growing up, I was all about Cannon Films! Iâ€™m talking Delta Force, Cyborg, Invasion USA, Bloodsport and yes, the â€śNinjaâ€ť movies. No, not American Ninja 1 and 2 (great films in their own rights), Iâ€™m talking Enter the Ninja, Revenge of the Ninja and this bad broad, Ninja 3 The Domination. I must have rented the latter a billion times when I was a demon twerp and it was such a blast watching it again today.
Where the first 2 â€śNinjaâ€ť movies played it straight chop-sockey, this second sequel went the horror and â€śhit the then current trendsâ€ť blender way. Allow me to expand the hole. Horror wise this one screamed The Entity (girl terrorized by spirit), echoed an SNM version of Exorcist (too bad she didnâ€™t have a crucifix to play with like Regan did) while one of its biggest â€śfears set piecesâ€ť was a shameless lift off Poltergeist (the closet scene). Seeing all of those elements in a â€śNinjaâ€ť movie was a freaking gut-buster! They werenâ€™t supposed to gel in the mix but somehow they did! Marvelously at that! And the flick didnâ€™t stop there in its copycat attitude! In fact, it went as far as stealing from Flashdance as well (which was popular at the time- it was released a year before). Our heroine was such an Alex Owens rip off! From her â€śmanlyâ€ť job, to her leg-warmers, her kool warehouse like pad, her tight ass, her poor manâ€™s Michael Nouri wannabee boyfriend to her knack at dancing in place every time something would go wrong (when in doubtâ€¦DANCE MONKEY, DANCE!) â€¦SHE WAS FLASHDANCE! HILARIOUS!
Now, granted, the filmâ€™s plotline and subplots were just thin excuses to have a hot dame in little clothing kill all kinds of people with sharp instruments. Last I checked my B-Movie Bibleâ€¦THEREâ€™S NOTHING WRONG WITH THAT! The bulk of this beeyatchâ€™s running time was all about well choreographed action, mayhem, martial arts and slaughter scenes. When it wasnâ€™t Ninja-dance girl doing the human laundry in brutal/sensual ways, it was Kung Fun Master Sho Kosuki doing the â€śfeet meet peopleâ€™s facesâ€ť whooping! So many mooks kicked the bucket in this movie, it was almost ridiculous! Having said that, it never got to the point of me not finding the high body count demeanor mucho heart warming! So many dead bodiesâ€¦so many smiles! F*CK YEAH!
On the downsideâ€¦ well now that Iâ€™m using my brain to write thisâ€¦ there wasnâ€™t a downside! The filmâ€™s cheesiness and B-Movie snags resulted in it being freaking side-splitting! Maybe Ninjas were all the rage in the 80â€™s but today I couldnâ€™t take them seriously! Like dude, what the fudge are you doing in that get-up? Seriously! You havenâ€™t lived until youâ€™ve seen a Ninja fight of a horde of cops while wearing his Mommyâ€™s pajamas, in broad daylight. It just looked plain IDIOTIC! I LOVED IT! Or how about the sword floating around i.e. sword on a string, backed up by Disco strobe lights? TOO MUCH!! Tag to all that lollipop jive: a parmesan love relationship, deliciously awful lines like â€śYou fool! You cannot stop me! I am the Ninja!â€ť and kitschy moments galore with my fav being the V8 seduction bit (Can I have some salt on those too honey!)â€¦ and you get a so good it good and so bad its good, B Submarine!
When all was said and diced, Ninja 3 The Domina-cheese rocked the Kasbah for the wrongs and the VERY right reasons! They donâ€™t cook muffins like this anymore thatâ€™s for â€śfun crapâ€ť sure. Blow your local Mom and Pop video store Clerk and see this film! You wonâ€™t regret it! Karate chops this!
We get lots of face slashing, bloody cuts, & ninja stars and arrows doing their gruesome damage.
Lucinda Dickey (Christie) looked scrumptious and displayed ca[able acting chops. I bought her! Sho Kosugi (Yamada) kicked ass without his annoying son as a co-stra. I was happy! Jordan Bennett (Billy)â€¦Jordan who? Nough said!
How does lots of chicks in spandex, leg warmers and bathing suits sound? SOUNDS YUMMY TO ME! Lucinda Dickey was from a generation where big thighs werenâ€™t out of fashionâ€¦ahhhâ€¦. the good old days!
Sam Firstenberg served up a serviceable show with a strong axis towards making his horror scenes as horror as possible while showing off the fight sequences in all of its â€śping-pow-pingâ€ť glory.
We got a synthesizer â€śLoverboyâ€ť wannabee heavy score that hit the happy â€śkitschâ€ť nail.
Ninja 3 The Domination lived up to how I worshipped it when I was a younger jerk! Its mix of horror, martial arts party favors and Flashdance rips had me on the floorâ€¦rollingâ€¦like a pizza being made. Granted the flick was as dumb as all of my ex girlfriendsâ€™ combined, but its utter stupidity went on to contribute to its â€śhigh fiveâ€ť entertainment value! Much like having a stripper in a head lock while sheâ€™s playing your trombone, I just couldnâ€™t lose with this Tramp and the Tramp! Wait a minuteâ€¦you hear that? Sounds like beer bottles opening! Sounds like friends arriving! Sounds like loose dames coming in to do what they do best Yup! It sounds like Ninja 3 The F*ckingâ€ť Domination! Hit and donâ€™t forget the V8!
The film was written by Jim Silke who also wrote American Ninja and Revenge of the Ninja
Lucinda Dickey also appeared in Cheerleader Camp and Grease 2!
Sam Fistenberg had a solid B-Movie action/horror career going with American Ninja 1 and 2, the GREAT Avenging Force and Spiders 2 on his resume.