SESSION: Friday 20th March at 8pm


Cinema Fiasco: Ninja III – The Domination

(1984, dir. Sam Firstenberg, w/ Shô Kosugi, Lucinda Dickey, Jordan Bennett, David Chung)

Cinema Fiasco: Ninja III – The Domination will finish at approximately 9:40pm.

CINEMA FIASCO PRESENTS “NINJA 3: THE DOMINATION” After assassinating an eminent scientist on a golf course, an evil ninja is shot to death by a squad of sleazebag cops. His spirit enters the body of a telephone repairwoman who periodically turns into a big-haired ninja vamp and bumps off the cops with her newly inherited ninja skills. A breathless scenario like this has bad movie stamped all over it but “Ninja 3: The Domination” is more than your run-of-the-mill schlock-fest. It’s one of the best unsung bad movies of the 80s. Brought to you with loving care by Cannon Films, “N3TD” has all the head-kicking, sword-wielding, shuriken-throwing action you’d expect of a ninja movie plus such delirious additions as an exorcism, an aerobics class, a hot tub execution and a sex scene involving V8 vegetable juice. And with 80s art direction that includes headbands, leg warmers, video games and a synth-pop soundtrack with no less than six 80s hits you never heard of before, you know you’re onto a winner! The cast is headed by Cannon discovery and former “Solid Gold” dancer Lucinda Dickey (who would subsequently star in “Breakin’”, “Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo” and “Cheerleader Camp”) and she is ably supported by martial arts star Sho Kosugi (as the ninja) and Jordan Bennett (who may be cinema’s hairiest leading man after King Kong). “Ninja 3: The Domination” will be presented at the Astor with live commentary by Cinema Fiasco and if you’ve previously found people talking in the cinema irritating this is one time you’ll be glad of it. Cinema Fiasco’s hosts Geoff Wallis and Janet A. McLeod are Melbourne’s premiere bad movie buffs and what they don’t know about awful acting, dreadful dialogue and spotty special effects isn’t worth knowing. Their adroit commentary has been wowing Melbourne audiences for years and if you haven’t had the Cinema Fiasco experience it’s high time you did. So grab some popcorn and some of your less discriminating friends and get your ticket for “a truly unique cinema-going experience” and “two hours of almost constant laugh out loud hilarity”. (IMDB)

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