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

Starring:
Shô Kosugi, Lucinda Dickey
Runtime:
1 hour 34 minutes

Ninja III: The Domination

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It's one of those movies where it is so bad it's actually good.
Mark
The Blu-Ray transfer looks absolutely amazing and the sound quality is excellent as well.
Tommy
It is a 80's movie and everyone that see's this movie will like it alot to.
gordan

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Dymon Enlow on February 18, 2005
Format: VHS Tape
The opening fight scene is legendary. Golf ball crushing, eyeball stabbing, punching through the roof of a police car, ninja star to the face, this fight has it all! The ninja even throws a star with his foot and shoots a dart down the barrel of a gun!

A woman is possessed by an evil ninja who uses her body to avenge his death. That's cool and the kill scenes are cool, especially the one at the cemetery, but unfortunately the woman also has a hairy boyfriend whose main habit is to show off the hair on his shoulders while talking a lot about nothing.

Even with the hairy guy slowing down the pace NINJA III: THE DOMINATION manages to secure itself as a minor masterpiece in the ninja genre thanks to the martial arts skills of Sho Kosugi and David Chung. Also look for James Hong in a minor role.

You're not a true ninja fan until you've got this movie in your collection.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A. Snyder on August 30, 2012
I will admit up front that I am a Cannon film aficionado. I grew up with and still adore all their 80s cheesy action offerings. Before their loveable Charles Bronson, Chuck Norris and "American Ninja" offerings, Cannon released their "Ninja" trilogy consisting of "Enter the Ninja", "Revenge of the Ninja" and "Ninja III: The Domination". MGM released "Revenge of the Ninja" on DVD ages ago and for many years I have been patiently waiting for them to unleash the other two entries in the series. "Enter the Ninja" finally got a DVD release, albeit on their crummy MOD (made-on-demand) DVD-R program, but the transfer was good and at least it has been made available to fans. Sadly "Ninja III" was nowhere on the horizon for even a MOD release until a little company called BonZai Media Corporation unleashed it on DVD under the radar.

BonZai is a rather shady company and the legitimacy of their releases is frequently brought into question. Their transfers are hit an miss ranging from beautiful anamorphic widescreen to crummy VHS ports. Still their releases are silver pressed discs so all looks good on the surface. Sadly with "Ninja III" it's a VHS transfer. I've seen good VHS DVD transfers in my day but this is not even on par with many of Lionsgate's releases. This is a bad VHS transfer with digital compression blocks frequent throughout and extremely noticeable on large widescreen TVs. To top it off, the VHS that was used for the transfer is a Japanese tape and is complete with non-removable (or burned in) Japanese subtitles.

If BonZai was going to source their transfer from a VHS then why didn't they just use an American tape? My VHS has much better picture quality and doesn't have the annoying Japanese subtitles to boot.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Mark on August 29, 2004
Format: VHS Tape
This is in my opinion the best ninja movie ever made. Yes, it is very corny and yes it is very cheesy but in a good kind of way. It's one of those movies where it is so bad it's actually good. This movie could be one of the best so bad it's actually good kind of movies ever made. I will give you the positives and negatives about this film. If you read this, this will be the best and the most official review about this movie.

Positives

1. It has ninjas in it. Duh. Love them ninjas.

2. Sho Kosugi who is a real ninja in real life is in it.

3. This movie has a great location. It was filmed in Phoenix, Arizona on the months of October of 1983 to December of 1983. Love the great ending on top of the mountains.

4. Sho Kosugi doesn't use his kids in this one. Yippie for us.

5. Lucinda Dickey is hot in this movie, probably still is hot even today. Who knows.

6. This movie has loads and loads of action. This movie is all about action.

7. The coolest and most rediculous beginning of a movie in movie history. If you have seen this movie you all know what happens.

8. This movie borrowed elements from Flashdance which was released in 1983. So they must of stole that pretty quickly. And of course this movie borrows from The Exorcist during the exorcism scene where they try to bring out the demon out of Lucinda Dickey which of course turns out to be a Ninja!!!!!!

Negatives

1. No dvd. I have been contacting Anchor Bay and Blue Underground. Hopefully some company will finally realize that this deserves a dvd release.

2. There are deleted scenes that may or may not be still out there.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tommy on August 29, 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
'Scream Factory' have done an amazing job releasing this mid 80's obscurity from 'Cannon Films'. The Blu-Ray transfer looks absolutely amazing and the sound quality is excellent as well. There is also an Audio Commentary track on the disc by director Sam Firstenberg and Stunt Coordinator Steve Lambert, which is one of the most interesting and comprehensive commentary tracks on film making. A very informative dissection of how an action film is constructed and made, as well as the amazing influence and input a stunt team has on the production of a film.

I was left completely satisfied after viewing the film with the commentary track and it left me with an appreciation for the art of film making. I highly recommend this disc for the commentary track alone and hope that Scream Factory will release all their films with such great transfers and special features.

I'd love for them to release 'American Ninja' on Blu-Ray in the near future, and in the mean time I will be exploring more of their great releases.

Buy this and have a blast!
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