The Dragon Painter
The Dragon Painter (1919)

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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 28, 1919
DVD Release Date: March 18, 2008
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Even the greatest of silent film enthusiasts will be hard pressed to recommend it...

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

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

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Phil Hall
Film Threat

For social significance, if not artistic depth, the film deserves a contemporary audience.

John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

Hayakawa was like the Asian Valentino of the silent screen

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Kent Turner

This disc offers two silent films of America's first Asian film star, both with memorably melodic musical scores.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The high concept film is also entertaining.

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Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
Walter M.
"The Dragon Painter" is a mesmerizing and tragically moving silent film about the obsessiveness and singlemindedness of artists, whose work often… More
cody franklin
Interesting story about a talented artist who loses his talent when he gets married. She then fakes her death and his talent comes back. Now thats love!