The Dragon Painter
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This was one of Sessue Hayakawa's more unusual films. His character, Tatsu, is a brilliant but half-mad artist who lives in the mountains and is constantly searching for his soul mate, whom he calls his "dragon princess." He finds her in the city -- she is Ume Ko (Tsuru Aoki, Hayakawa's real-life wife), the daughter of master painter Kano Indara (Edward Peil). Indara's one regret is that he never had a son to succeed him and Tatsu answers this unfulfilled wish. But after he and Ume are married, Tatsu looses his ambition and genius. Ume feels that their happiness is the… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Even the greatest of silent film enthusiasts will be hard pressed to recommend it..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"The most amazing thing about The Dragon Painter isn't so much that it has been rescued, restored and released on DVD, or that it's quite good, but that it ever existed at all"
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"For social significance, if not artistic depth, the film deserves a contemporary audience."
‑ Phil Hall, Film Threat
"Hayakawa was like the Asian Valentino of the silent screen"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"This disc offers two silent films of America's first Asian film star, both with memorably melodic musical scores."
‑ Kent Turner,
"The high concept film is also entertaining."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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