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13 Steps of Maki: The Young Aristocrats (1975)

Wakai kizoku-tachi: 13-kaidan no Maki (original title)
Maki is the leader of a female gang that fights for justice, but she is taken and sent to a sadistic women's prison.

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Makoto Naitô

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Ikki Kajiwara (comic), Takeo Kaneko (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Etsuko Shihomi ... Maki Hyuga (13-kaidan no Maki)
Misa Ohara Misa Ohara ... Takako Ebihara
Hiroshi Nawa Hiroshi Nawa ... Ryunosuke Daimon
Tatsuya Nanjô Tatsuya Nanjô ... Tetsuya Eto
Hiroshi Kondô Hiroshi Kondô ... Taizo Ebihara
Shin'ichi Chiba ... Kenichi Hyuga (as Sonny Chiba)
Kôji Fujiyama Kôji Fujiyama ... Kuwata
Hideo Murota Hideo Murota ... Warden Akae
Meika Seri Meika Seri ... Okyo Kushimaki
Etsuko Shibata Etsuko Shibata ... Girl Boss
Yûko Kanô Yûko Kanô ... Eriko
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kinue Futamatsu Kinue Futamatsu
Chikara Gonoue Chikara Gonoue ... Priest
Takeshige Hatanaka Takeshige Hatanaka ... Kuramachi
Noriko Igarashi Noriko Igarashi ... Hide
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Maki is the leader of a female gang that fights for justice, but she is taken and sent to a sadistic women's prison.

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

8 March 1975 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

13 Steps of Maki: The Young Aristocrats See more »

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Toei Tokyo See more »
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Fun martial arts exploitation
15 August 2012 | by jrd_73See 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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