Die Hard,

Minute 027: I am Takagi

November 07, 2017

Rick and Julia Ingham
of the Mad Max Minute

Back in the Nakatomi Waterfall Room, Hans reading off a biography of Joseph Takagi, the head of Nakatomi Corporation.

“University of California, 1955,” continues Gruber. Hans glares at Ellis, who shakes his head and backs away. “Law degree, Stanford, 1962. MBA, Harvard, 1970. President of Nakatomi Trading, Vice-Chairman, Nakatomi Investment Group…”

“Enough,” says Joe Takagi, standing up behind Gruber.

“…and father of five,” says Gruber, turning toward Takagi.

“I am Takagi,” says Joe. Gruber smiles.

“How do you do?” says Hans, shaking his hand. “It’s a pleasure to meet you.” Karl steps behind Takagi and grabs him by the shoulder. He shoves Takagi toward the elevator.

Meanhile, John McClane, pistol in hand, opens the stairwell door on the 33rd floor. It’s a room full of computer terminals. He shuts the door and heads upstairs again. “32, construction – – 33, computers,” he whispers to himself.

In the elevator, Tony stands behind Takagi with a machine gun while Karl stands behind Hans. Hans is humming Beethoven’s Ode to Joy.



Karl: Alexander Godunov

Tony: Andreas Wisniewski

Holly: Bonnie Bedelia

Ellis: Hart Bochner

Takagi: James Shigeta

Hans Gruber: Alan Rickman













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