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11th Jan '18 3:12:54 PM Bauglir100
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*** Then why didn't he take them and bring them to a more secure location before putting them on, or come back for them later?
8th Jan '18 3:45:18 AM rockgecko
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** Let's see: one hand full of police-issue Beretta 92F, the other full of his holster with spare clips, keeping a close eye out the door to spot what was going on and whether there were terrorists about to come shoot him -- yup, the first thing to do is definitely to run 15 feet across the room to fumble with shoes and socks, while you're most likely going to be indoors for a while and while armed terrorists could be kicking in the door any second to take you hostage or shoot you.
26th Dec '17 12:09:00 AM ethansloan
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** I don't speak German, but I once watched the film with a friend who does. He translated the first command Hans gives as, "He's not wearing shoes." Karl gives Hans a look of confusion, then Hans clarifies with (in English), "Shoot the glass." Karl wasn't confused by the language, but by the relevance of the statement.
24th Dec '17 1:00:52 AM DeathByChains
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*** And of course the Doyleist reason being the script needed him to so [=McClane=] and the audience could see just what lengths Hans would go to and to keep the tension going.

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*** ''Or'', Takagi was a very smart man, as such senior executives usually are, and he knew how to read the room: he knew Hans was going to kill him no matter what. Hans had gone to so much effort to sell the whole incident as terrorism to everyone else in Nakatomi Towers, and he couldn't risk blowing that secret by taking Takagi back to rejoin the hostages. (Remember, Takagi didn't know about the whole "Hans is gonna blow up the building" scam.) Ergo, Takagi was never getting out of that room alive, regardless of whether he gave Hans the access code. And if he's dead either way, he might as well cling to the (transparent) lie, both to spite the man who's about to murder him and to die with his honour intact.
*** And of course the Doyleist reason being the script needed him to so [=McClane=] and the audience could see just what lengths Hans would go to and to keep the tension going.
23rd Dec '17 6:06:43 AM Bauglir100
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* Why the hell didn't John just run back to the office he was in to get his shoes?
22nd Dec '17 9:05:46 AM CrypticMirror
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*** Not to mention that while John thrives in a crisis, from what we see of his life outside those crises he does struggle to manage his day-to-day life. His life, frankly, is a self destructive mess; it is more a miracle he manages to stay a detective in the first place. It is likely all his juice as a celebrity is spent on just not getting himself fired. Sure a smarter and less self destructive person might be able to parlay those events into promotions and maybe even a speaking tour and (ghostwritten) book, but that person ain't John [=McClane=].
22nd Dec '17 8:50:03 AM CrypticMirror
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*** And of course the Doyleist reason being the script needed him to so McClane and the audience could see just what lengths Hans would go to and to keep the tension going.

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*** And of course the Doyleist reason being the script needed him to so McClane [=McClane=] and the audience could see just what lengths Hans would go to and to keep the tension going.
22nd Dec '17 8:49:44 AM CrypticMirror
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** HonourBeforeReason. Basically. Despite being an émigré to America he may still have had an ingrained sense of Japanese honour, especially if he had a lot of dealings with Japanese firms as part of his job. It is likely that Hans had put him in a ''No Win Scenario''. It is possible that him giving up the information would lead to him being shamed, shunned, and unable to do business in Japan (or at least he thought that, anyway) and that shame being transferred to his family too. The only way to save his family from that sense of disgrace and to allow them to keep doing business in Japan was to sacrifice himself. It is a mindset that is still present in Japan, although to a much lesser degree, even today.
*** And of course the Doyleist reason being the script needed him to so McClane and the audience could see just what lengths Hans would go to and to keep the tension going.
21st Dec '17 8:16:41 PM FatPumpkinRex
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* Why on EARTH did Joe Takagi tell Hans that he would just have to kill him?! The guy is (or was, I should say) married with five, FIVE, kids!!! He had a damn family to look after! Not to mention he was the most important person in his company!! Why on Earth would he tell impatient terrorists with fully loaded guns that they would have to kill him?!
25th Mar '17 5:17:10 PM nombretomado
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** I've considered the situation a lot, actually, and figured there was nothing he could do. He had to be GenreSavvy to suspect the terrorists would shoot the glass, and wrap his feet in some clothes before (or just so not to have other disadvantages, like stepping in stuff that could hurt you without shoes, if not necessarily glass. But at that tension, it's amazing he had the ProperlyParanoid idea to disguise his name and his reason for being there in the first place. Probably wrapping his feet in something would have made him too much of a {{Chessmaster}}, or BruceWillis with his feet in clothes would have been too {{Narm}}y. Take your pick. Also, yes, he tried the shoes of the first terrorist and they didn't fit, so he thought "[[WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong What the hell, I'm fine barefoot]]".

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** I've considered the situation a lot, actually, and figured there was nothing he could do. He had to be GenreSavvy to suspect the terrorists would shoot the glass, and wrap his feet in some clothes before (or just so not to have other disadvantages, like stepping in stuff that could hurt you without shoes, if not necessarily glass. But at that tension, it's amazing he had the ProperlyParanoid idea to disguise his name and his reason for being there in the first place. Probably wrapping his feet in something would have made him too much of a {{Chessmaster}}, or BruceWillis Creator/BruceWillis with his feet in clothes would have been too {{Narm}}y. Take your pick. Also, yes, he tried the shoes of the first terrorist and they didn't fit, so he thought "[[WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong What the hell, I'm fine barefoot]]".
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