Daryl demands that I name this post “Drink Your Vegetables”.

Hold onto your golf balls, because Ninja III: The Domination is the Greatest Movie EVER!

Review in a Nutshell:  Inexplicably tacking The Exorcist and Flashdance onto a ninja film, Ninja III: The Domination may just be the pinnacle of cinematic ninja shenigans.  It’s a crime that this film is not available on DVD.

This movie conains:

Evil Ninjas.

Plucky Female Protagonists.

Evil Plucky Ninja Female Protagonists.

Chest hair.

V-8.

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15 Responses

  1. I have been waiting for someone to review this. I can’t seem to find it anywhere, not even VHS. Sadly its not on DVD either. Thanks for the review Paul!

    P.S. aWo 4 LIFE!!!!!

  2. A little response to your rant about the UK ninja censorship: the BBFC banned ninja stars and nunchaku from any films because they feared of the old saw about “viewers copying everything they see on TV”.

    Nowadays, the BBFC have thankfully lifted the ban on shuriken and nunchaku: a TV showing of Enter the Dragon on long dead and mourned digital satellite channel CNX made big noise over restoring the previously missing nunchaku scene from the film.

    I suppose that the unfair ignorance that has been heaped on Ninja III is the reason why it’s impossible to find a copy of the film with the shuriken scenes intact. Maybe it’s time we demanded an uncut restored DVD release! They did it for Lemon Popsicle, why not Ninja III?!

  3. Karry,

    Every post you have made to this date has been expressly to insult my choice in co-hosts. Unless you have something constructive to say, or at least something that furthers the discussion, I’m not going to approve your posts from this point on.

  4. Relating to ketsuronged’s comment about the ban, I was trying to see if there was any specific incident or tale of imitable behaviour that might have caused the BBFC to effectively go “OH NOES” with regards to ninja weapons, but I’ve had no such luck.

    At the risk of sounding like some sort of a freak, I’m certain that I’m way hairier than that guy in the screencaps.

    …So yeah. Going off topic with regards to future episodes, Paul, any possibility of a podcast for Twister?

  5. Good podcast Paul! I was going to make the same point as ketsuronged- the BBFC are way more relaxed these days- they have been for about the last 10-15 years- and are no longer the enemy of the ninja. However the BBFC only rate cinema releases and home video and have nothing to do with what is shown on TV- another body OFFCOM exists to regulate broadcasts (and issue fines when needed), and is our equivalent of the FCC. It’s up to individual broadcaster to edit their material so the cuts in the copy you watched weren’t the BBFC’s fault (unless they were supplied with a master edited for home video release). Sorry for the long post keep up the good work! Oh and just one last amusing fact: when Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was originally shown in the UK it was called Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles, to protect fragile minds!

  6. I love Lucinda Dickey, and even I have to admit that the V8 juice seduction = no thanks, ma’am. I wonder if that was a weird fetish Sho Kosugi had.

    I have a crappy old VHS copy of the movie (partially chewed up some years ago, sadly), and the throwing star edit is just as weird and choppy and non-existent in that version. Much like Pray for Death, someone needs to get on the ball and restore these movies to their full glory.

    So, on to Nine Deaths of the Ninja? It has the single greatest opening credit sequence ever made. Ever.

  7. Wow. I think I remember this one. Maybe, I watched way too many ninja movies as a kid. Still, it’s about time for you to review Death Ring. I’d be glad to help if you want.

  8. Seduction by V-8. That does not sound very appealing and I’m going to trust that you and Daryl were not exaggerating how totally not effective said scene was.

    V-8? not working
    ice? works in certain cases
    strawberries? works
    grapes? works
    chocolate? works (especially teamed with strawberries.)

    One wonders why the makers of this film thought V-8 was a turn-on. Actually, I don’t want to know.

  9. Shadow Warrior rocked! as did Blood.

  10. Shadow Warrior was far better for the humor, how can you forget Sticky Bomb lika you! and Everybody Dead, I like that

  11. I was rather amused by the combination of ninja and golf. Dunno if you’ve heard about it, but there was an Atari 7800 game called Ninja Golf. I searched for that title, and learned that i-Mockery has lots of information and pictures.

    W’pedia has details on the various versions of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles that were televised in Europe.

    Finally, I’ve heard various people state that the German TV version of Naruto was really different. Unfortunately, it’s really tough finding coherent information about foreign dubs.

  12. Personally, I have no problem with you reviewing movies that are difficult to watch, as often your reviews are more entertaining than the movies themselves.

    So by all means review Megaforce, or Trancers, or any of the other movies that you’ve held back from because there isn’t a decent DVD release, no problems here.

  13. You’re next ninja movie needs to be Surf Ninja’s.

  14. I was a big fan of Revenge of the Ninja, and would love to be able to see this film one day. Great review as usual!

    Actually, the real reason I decided to comment here was because I just found out about a new ninja-centric film coming out in November called Ninja Assassin. The best part: Sho Kosugi’s gonna be in it! I didn’t even realize he was still acting, but his mere presence in the film should guarantee its success. Check out the trailer and get pumped:

    http://www.apple.com/trailers/wb/ninjaassassin/

  15. One of the best things to ever grace the ‘ninja’ genre; the first 15 minutes alone make it 10/10Re. I confess to being terribly excited upon seeing this post as I thought it meant a DVD release had happened, alas.

    Regardless, keep up the great work and picks.

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