Yamaura-san and his wife are all smiles prior to the start of the play. Photo by Brett Homenick.
I just returned from a play written and narrated by Hiroyasu Yamaura, the principal screenwriter for Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974), as well as several notable tokusatsu programs. The play was essentially a one-woman performance, and the star, Fumiko Narisawa, did an excellent job, despite her later telling me how nervous she was.
Star Fumiko Narisawa and writer Hiroyasu Yamaura address the audience following the performance. Photo by Brett Homenick.
The play, entitled Lili Marlane, is a dramatic story that takes place in Europe during World War II. The audience was packed and gave the cast and crew a big round of applause at the end. During Yamaura-san's closing narration, he says the line (in English), "Life is beautiful." As he said it, he looked at me and smiled. Suffice it to say, the smile was returned.
Following the performance, I was invited by Yamaura-san to the after-party. The after-party lasted several hours and was a lot of fun. I thanked Yamaura-san many times for his hospitality. I will be seeing him again very soon!
Congratulations on a great play, Yamaura-san!