Nakatomi Plaza


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Nakatomi Plaza is a building in Los Angeles, that houses the California branch of the Nakatomi Corporation, a Japanese company. It is a postmodern designed, 35-story high skyscraper that is a total of 490 feet high.

Die Hard (1988).

On Christmas Eve, 1988, a group of terrorists led by Hans Gruber took the Nakatomi employees hostage during their Christmas party. Although the group of terrorists appeared to be motivated by freeing political prisoners, they were actually after $640 million in negotiable bearer bonds and other valuables stored in the company’s vault and were planning on killing the hostages in an explosion so they could escape unnoticed. The skyscraper was nearing completion at the time, but after the events of the film during which bombs were dropped down elevator shafts and entire floors were lit on fire and destroyed, it is likely that the skyscraper needed to be heavily remodeled, and its fate after the events of the film is unknown.

Hans Gruber: I wanted this to be professional, efficient, adult, cooperative. Not a lot to ask. Alas, your Mr. Takagi did not see it that way… so he won’t be joining us for the rest of his life. We can go any way you want it. You can walk out of here or be carried out. But have no illusions. We are in charge.

Die Hard’s Nakatomi Plaza is located at 2121 Avenue of the Stars, which is actually Fox Plaza, the corporate headquarters for Twentieth Century Fox in Los Angeles, California. A majority of Die Hard was filmed there, despite the building being under construction at the time of shooting. Fox Plaza is also featured in Speed, Airheads, and Fight Club. All four movies were released by Twentieth Century Fox.