|13 Steps of Maki|
"Wakai kizoku-tachi: 13-kaidan no Maki"
Director: Makoto Naito
Cast: Etsuko Shihomi, Sony Chiba, Misa Ohara
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.
Etsuko 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 Etsuko 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 Street fighter should love it. Sonny Chiba appears briefly in a flashback scene playing Maki's brother.
1975 Color Widescreen 78 Mins.
Japanese with Optional English subtitles.