Next 'Die Hard' movie rumored to be set in Tokyo

Next 'Die Hard' movie rumored to be set in Tokyo

TOKYO —

See that face at left? It’s pretty much exactly the same as the one I pulled when I heard that there is to be yet another “Die Hard” movie. My expression when I heard that the production may be released under the title “Die Hardest” was like this, too, but as if a gang of irritated bees was also stinging my face and eyes.

That’s right, cinephiles, Bruce Willis is rumored to be ready to return in yet another action adventure extravaganza sometime in the near future, somehow evading bad guys with curious accents, speeding bullets and his own slowly encroaching retirement once again.

This time around, the mayhem is coming to none other than Japan’s capital city Tokyo.

Despite reviews for “Die Hard 5” (or to use its official title, “A Good Day to Die Hard”) being mediocre at best, the film managed to rake in over $300 million worldwide, proving that either Bruce has still got it or that the softer, PG13-certified “Die Hard 4” managed to prep a whole new generation of kids in time to see its R-rated sequel (to the sequel to the sequel to the sequel to the best one).

The “Die Hard 5” plot is rumored to kick off in New York City before quickly skipping across the Pacific Ocean to equally enormous but infinitely more mystifying Tokyo, following in the footsteps of this year’s “The Wolverine,” which sees Hugh Jackman’s angry mutant slasher in the land of the rising run, being angry and slashing things.

Japanese movie fans on the Internet were quick to notice that the newest addition to the franchise would take place in their homeland, some excited, some speculating on the title.

- Wow! I’d definitely like to go and check out the locations they use to shoot this one!

- I’m begging you, please don’t do an action scene in Akihabara…

- You think he’ll get mixed up with yakuza or something in this one?

- Looking forward to this! That said, Die Hard 5 was pretty awful…

- Hmm… that title kind of suggests this’ll be the absolute last in the series.

I think they should just go with “Die Hardererererer” (one “er” for each sequel) for the newest John McClane outing, personally, but I’ll leave that in the capable hands of screenwriter and fellow Brit Ben Trebilcook. Fingers crossed he can pull the “Die Hard” series out of the shrug-of-indifference tailspin that it has fallen into in the last few years.

Source: Cinema Today

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  • 7

    Farmboy

    Die Hard 6 will be about an old guy at the nursing home avoiding old women who think he's their son, evading nurses carrying meds and needles, and forgetting where he was going. It will be an epic.

  • 7

    Yubaru

    Milking a dead horse for all it's worth.

  • 2

    Geoff Gillespie

    Oh FFS no....!

  • 0

    gaijinfo

    If you were Bruce Willis would you say no to this? Dude's been in his share of absolute CRAP movies. He shows up for a few days, says some easy lines, and collects a few mil.

    And the studio wouldn't be making this if it wouldn't make easy bank.

    If you don't wanna see it, don't see it. Why the hate?

  • 0

    Yubaru

    If you don't wanna see it, don't see it. Why the hate?

    Not hate, just.....why can't they come up with something better? Haven't decided whether to watch or not.

  • 7

    timtak

    As a bald man in Japan, fed up with all the 'you'll be so cool if you wear a wig' adverts, I welcome this piece of cinematic counter propaganda.

  • 6

    OssanAmerica

    This isn't so bad. He's a better actor than Arnold. Or Chuck Norris. LOL

  • 0

    Yubaru

    He's a better actor than Arnold. Or Chuck Norris. LOL

    While I agree, it still isn't saying much! I would like to see Daniel Day Lewis play the part of Officer McClain!

  • 1

    gogogo

    Every movies now ties in Japan and China because you can make more money

  • 1

    DaveAllTogether

    Bruce Willis is becoming to action movies as Brett Favre is to football players: past his prime but still holding on to past glory.

  • -1

    It"S ME

    He will fight the baddies by throwing his dentures and waggling his walking stick.

    Too many of those 'action actors' are beyond their use-by date. I hear Indiana Jones & the Prostate of Doom.' has been announced.

    IMhO, Clint Eastwood did it well.

  • 0

    Wakarimasen

    Should be fun. Into the Sun was SEagal's best in while purely because I could see places in Tokyo that I know and for the slightly quaint attitude to some of the quirks of Japanese culture. Sure, the Die Hard franchise should maybe have dies already, but if they are keeping it on life support a Tokyo setting sounds ok.

  • 0

    sangetsu03

    "Set in Tokyo", which means it will actually be filmed in Los Angeles. It is next to impossible for foreign movie producers to get permits to film in Japan, and Tokyo in particular, hence films like "The Last Samurai", "Memoirs of a Geisha", and even "Tokyo Drift" were all fimed outside Japan. Go figure,

  • -1

    nandakandamanda

    The 9/11 plotters were encouraged to get to know the USA and live like a native in order to blend in, so they rented Die Hard, Towering Inferno, etc. and thoroughly enjoyed them. Filled them with admiration and good ideas.

  • 1

    papigiulio

    @sangetsu: Actually Tokyo Drift has been partially shot in TOkyo. Memoirs of a geisha partially in Kyoto. But I agree a lot will be shot at home or CGed in.

  • 2

    papasmurfinjapan

    I guess Holly is still working for Nakatomi in their Tokyo office.

  • -1

    smithinjapan

    Geez let the series die already. It's 'fun', but it's really not that great aside from the original. Movies filmed in Japan are filmed in Japan (Hollywood movies, that is) solely for the purpose of boosting sales. No doubt the Japanese Film Board will approve the release of the movie first here as opposed to the usual three month to two years delay.

  • 1

    telecasterplayer

    I hope they use Shinjuku Crossing in the movie. Because they never use that in foreign movies set in Japan. :-/

  • 2

    shanabelle

    Milking a dead horse I like it!LOL....but Japan is the best place on earth to flog a dead horse! LOL

  • 5

    badmigraine

    I would like to be a script consultant on this one. I have some good ideas about gangs of vicious booted Gals, ingenious traps made of EV batteries primed to enter thermal runaway, and a final twist where TEPCO is actually run by Hans Gruber's Japanese ex-wife, played of course by Lucy Liu, who is not Japanese.

  • -2

    Virtuoso

    After seeing "Lost in Translation" I've suffered from extended periods of narcolepsy. I need something like this to wake me up.

  • 0

    C Harald Hansen

    Sheesh... AlreadY? I haven't even bothered to go see the latest one. I went home and put on the original instead and missed the good old days.

  • 0

    No Miso

    Won't be too long before we get to DieHard48.

  • 0

    jimbochou

    What? Wait, there's a Die Hard 3?...

    Let me guess he'll be in a plane inside a boat, inside a building which collapses from an earthquake but then survives the tsunami because it's a boat...

  • 0

    Cliffy

    So, will we expect DieHard X when we see Bruce Willis whack the villains with his walking stick?

  • 0

    Thunderbird2

    There'll be a fight up Sky Tree and the Main Villain will either be chucked out of a window or kicked off the top while Bruce looks wild-eyed and bloodied, breathing heavily.

  • 0

    Jack Stern

    Japan theater companies control the movies they think would make them money and not what review sites like Rotten tomatoes for example say about films. That's why we get a lot of schlock. Good luck to BW who is milking what time he's got left.

  • 2

    DaveAllTogether

    Reminds me of a quote from Spaceballs: The Movie - "Coming up, Pongo's review of Rocky Five . . . . thousand.

  • 0

    Czeslaw_SJS

    When I was in vacation in Rome my group stumped onto a movie set. All of us rushed out the opening weekend to see if we could see ourselves in the action shots. I bet most people would do the same.

  • 0

    DaveAllTogether

    when we see Bruce Willis whack the villains with his walking stick?

    Kind of like the fight between Muntz and Carl in Pizar's Up.

  • 0

    Saiaku

    Loved the original movies, but isn't bruce willis getting a bit old for these kinds of movies, not to mention the storyline is quite unbelieable.

    Anyway, awesome design change on the header bar, JT.

  • 0

    kchoze

    I have a theory about Die Hard 5: they actually had a generic spy flick set in Russia with a young actor as lead (Jai Courtney). They were all set to start filming when someone had a flash: this was gonna bomb, the script was terrible, the actors didn't have enough recognition, it was just all-around bad.

    So they panicked, but they knew that they were too far ahead to just stop. They decided to rewrite the script, added Bruce Willis as John McClane tagging along like a sad puppy, spouting one-liners reminiscent of much better movies, and called it Die Hard.

    Bang! Mucho dinero. Marketing wins, the art of cinema cries itself to sleep.

  • 0

    jr240483

    I have a feeling that if it does staged in japan, it's probably gonna be one where it's the entire mclane family against the japaneese yakuza since the 5th was him and his son against the russian mafia.

  • 0

    toshiko

    There are 5 Die Hard.

    Doe hard `1988 LA. Die Hard 2 1990 Washington DC Die Hard with Vengeance 1995 NY. Live Free to De Hard 2007 A Good Day to Die Hard 2013 Moscow

    Maybe it want to use real Tokyo building and Japanese actors whose first language is Japanese?
    There are Die Hard Video games.

  • 0

    toshiko

    Also there are Die Hard manga books.

  • -4

    Bob Sneider

    tokyo drift has scenes that were supposed to be in the US but anyone living in Japan could easily tell it was filmed in the US.

  • 0

    toshiko

    Tokyo themed Die Hard hasn't been created yet and so no one could watch yet to tell where it is produced.

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