Forgotten Action Cinema: Ninja III – The Domination


This may sound like utter bullshit to a lot of you out there, but I swear that the following anecdote is 100% true. Pinky swear! You see, I had a very unusual dream not too long ago, one that featured a gas station/video store from my childhood. As an adult, my dream self randomly stumbled across this business just as I remember it from the mid-80’s, complete with old issues of Cracked Magazine, boxes of Garbage Pail Kids stickers, and an odd assortment of motion pictures on VHS. On the wall, next to scores of weird titles that may or may not exist, was a copy of “Ninja III: The Domination”, a movie I haven’t thought about in 20 years, at the very least. I’m utterly thrilled that my fractured subconscious was looking out for me, as I may never have remembered it otherwise. Honestly, I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to see this thoroughly enjoyable albeit unapologetically empty-headed action classic. Lucinda Dickey stars as Christie, an aerobics instructor/telephone repairwoman who becomes possessed by the vengeful spirit of a dead ninja. You see, he’s none too pleased that a group of police officers shot him to death, and he’s going to use Christie’s young, toned, nubile body in order to destroy the bastards who wronged him. “Ninja III” is an absolute riot from start to finish, beginning with an opening chase sequence that claims the lives of dozens of cops on a golf course. “Cyborg Cop” director Sam Firstenberg even throws in some moments lifted straight out of “The Exorcist”, you know, just in case watching Sho Kosugi kick some ass wasn’t appealing enough. Tracking down a watchable version of “Ninja III: The Domination” isn’t as difficult as one might imagine, though owning a copy on DVD or VHS will set you back a piece. As always, a nifty trailer for the aforementioned title resides below.

Author: Todd Rigney

Todd was raised on a steady diet of Hollywood blockbusters, late-night Cinemax programming, and USA’s “Up All Night,” which may explain why his taste in movies is more than a little questionable. When he isn’t providing news and reviews for Beyond Hollywood, he can be found lounging lazily on his couch, perched in front of his television, or dwelling in places where direct sunlight can be easily avoided. He's happily married, in his 30's, and totally badass. If you'd like to reach Todd, you can follow him on Twitter or send him email/scoops to todd (at)
  • Nix

    Easily one of my favorite ninja movies of the ’80s!

    • Brent

      Truly a forgotten classic.