Ninja 3: The Domination (1984)

What happens if you put “Enter the Dragon,” “The Exorcist” and “Flashdance” into a blender? You end up with a movie as incoherent, poorly made and hilariously entertaining as “Ninja 3: The Domination.” It’s the second sequel in Cannon’s “Enter the Ninja” series, and if Cannon Films means anything to you, then you know this is basically as artistically bankrupt a movie as it gets. Cannon was notorious in the ’80s for chasing trends and rushing production on cheap exploitation movies, and that indifference to quality is all over the screen here. This is a movie so passively sexist it just has to be seen to be believed: We’re talking about filmmakers who were so misogynistic (or who at least thought their audience was, or more likely, a combination of both) that they assumed audiences would not accept a female ninja in the lead, so they decided to make her possessed by the spirit of a ninja warrior (who has no relation to the original two movies). So, women being equal is a fantasy, but supernatural possession is fine, got it, thanks guys. Honestly it’s just so misbegotten, so fatally and pathetically miscalculated that it just has to be seen to be believed: I highly recommend this for fans of bad movies, because Cannon’s bad movies are like, really, REALLY bad. This is a movie where the set dressers don’t even know how to make someone’s bedroom like an actual bedroom, so every shot is disorienting somehow because you’re always having to figure out what’s supposed to be going on with no help from an incoherent screenplay and confused acting. It’s just such a monument to the rampant incompetence of Cannon Films that it becomes a veritable anti-masterpiece.

Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)


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