I was lucky enough to grow up durring the Ninja craze of the 80s. There were magazines, weapons you could buy, toys, costumes, and of course movies. The most influential and definitely the best we're from Cannon Films. In fact it is really Cannon who created the Ninja boom. The most famous of the films is the original trilogy (although they have no connection to one another) which all starred Sho Kosugi. The was Enter the Ninja, Revenge of the Ninja, and Ninja III The Domination. The later being the most notorious as it mixed possession,which was a horror craze at the time, with ninjas.
Ninja III stars Lucinda Dickey of Breakin fame as Christine. She's a phone line worker, jazzercise instructor who happens to run into a ninja who has just killed some type of government official on a golf course. And I must say the opening 10min when the Ninja is battling the police force is amazingly violent, without a doubt the best Ninja sequence in any film to date.
Christine finds the Ninja dying and he gives her his sword. She takes it with her unbeknownst to her that it is pure evil. The sword has the ninjas evil spirit in it and it possesses Christine making her murder the cops who killed him. It also has endowed her with Ninja skills that she is able to use in day to day life, like when she battles muggers.
This is bad not only for her but for her new cop boygteind as well. Luckily Ninja Master Yamada (Sho Kosugi) has arrived, having followed theevil Ninja to America. He must rid Christine of it's spirit and then battle it to the death because only a ninja can destroy a ninja.
Loaded with action, and horror eliments this is one of the most popular films of the 80s. And I have to say it is just as good today as it was back then. The acting, which was always cheesey is still as charming as ever. The Ninja scenes are amazing and still violent to this day.
A few years ago Shout Factory put this out on Blu-ray but now it's coming out on their Scream Factory lable and it's loaded with special features.
NEW 4K Scan From The Original Film Elements
NEW Interview With Actress Lucinda Dickey
NEW Interview With Actor Jordan Bennett
NEW Interview With Producer And Stuntman Alan Amiel
NEW Audio Interviews With Production Designer Elliot Ellentuck And Co-Composer Misha Segal Featuring Isolated Tracks From The Original Score
Theatrical Trailer (In HD) With Optional Trailers From Hell Commentary With Screenwriter Josh Olson
Audio Commentary By Director Sam Firstenberg And Stunt Coordinator Steve Lambert
If you own it, buy it again for all these new features, if you have never seen, or should I say experienced Ninja III pick it up now. I promis you will love it
Overall 4 out of 5 Stars