|EULOGY FOR MORIYASU-SAN|
|2/23/2019 2:55:12 AM - It's hard for me to sit and write a eulogy for Moriyasu-san simply because it is hard for me to believe he's gone.|
In 1987 I landed the lead role for Director Shinji Somai's movie "Hikaru Onna" and subsequently a management contract with Kitty Enterprise. At the time of my audition, I was still living and working in Los Angeles, so getting the role and management deal meant I had to pack up my life as I knew it and move immediately to Japan. The producers felt it would be in everyone's best interest to have me stay with the assistant director and his family, where my co-lead actor and pro-wrestler Kenji Muto was also staying; that assistant director was Moriyasu-san.
Moriyasu-san immediately set to work putting me at ease in his warm home, tending to whatever needs I had, helping me with my lines and explaining things I was confused about as it was my first time acting. While his initial responsibility was probably just to make sure Muto-san and I got to the set and back safely, he went beyond the protocol of his duties and helped me to adapt to my new life with his always positive and humorous demeanor. Even though I was away from family and friends, and out of my element with my less than perfect Japanese and not understanding the Japanese social culture and cues, I never felt lonely or like an outsider because both he and Muto-san made sure I was never alone and were my constant companions, off set and on. In fact, on set we were known as the "San Baka Trio."
Moriyasu-san and his family accommodated me in their home for three months until the shooting for the film ended. In retrospect, I'm sure that had Moriyasu-san not provided me with the stability of his generosity, hospitality, friendship and compassion by opening his home and heart to me, I would not have faired as well during this time of high pressure and new challenges.
After "Hikaru Onna" wrapped up and I moved into my own apartment, I would see Moriyasu-san usually with Muto-san about once a year, but as time went by, we saw less and less of each other. I specifically remember seeing Moriyasu-san the last time in 1997, again with Muto-san. While it had been already ten years since we'd first met, he was his usual upbeat self; when we'd walk the streets, he led with purpose and confidence and I was only too happy to follow.
Where ever you are, Moriyasu-san, I hope you know that you made a difference in this girl who was facing a pivotal point in her life. I thank you. May your soul rest in peace.
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