13 steps of Maki: the young aristocrats (1975)
"Wakai kizoku-tachi: 13-kaidan no Maki" (original title)

 |  Action, Drama  |  8 March 1975 (Japan)
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Credited cast:
Etsuko Shihomi ...
Maki Hyuga (13-kaidan no Maki)
Kenichi Hyuga (as Sonny Chiba)
Misa Ohara ...
Yuko Nikaido
Hiroshi Kondô ...
Taizo Nikaido
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hideo Murota ...
Warden Akae
Tatsuya Nanjô ...
Tetsuya Eto
Hiroshi Nawa ...
Ryunosuke Daimon
Meika Seri ...
Kushimaki Okyo


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Fun martial arts exploitation
15 August 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Dig that opening scene. Two girls, tied to a railroad track, are being menaced by a trashy girl gang. Then, Maki (with a giant 13 on her shirt) shows up and kicks some butt. Sue Shihomi plays Maki, the tough as nails leader of the highest kicking girl gang in the area. These girls take no lip from anyone, fighting other girl gangs and yakuza hoods.

One day as Maki and the girls are out having a good time, a spoiled rich girl insults them. Maki demands an apology. The rich girl says she never apologizes. This is a mistake. One quickly humiliated rich girl is furious. Her father is a businessman tied to a white slaver, with eyes for the rich girl. What follows is a series of grudge matches between Maki's gang and the underworld until Maki is set up and sent to a work farm. Maki must then fight the girl gang who runs the work farm before she can plot her revenge on those outside.

At just under 80 minutes, the 13 Steps of Maki is almost non-stop action with nudity and sleaze liberally spiked throughout. Most of Sue Shihomi's starring vehicles leave me wanting. They usually feature good fights but also dead time in between (see Dragon Princess). This one delivers from start to finish! Fans of The Streetfighter should love it (I did). Speaking of the Streetfighter, Sonny Chiba appears briefly in a flashback scene playing Maki's brother.

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