The dragon painter is a 1919 english language silent romance drama film it is based on the novel of the same name written by mary mcneil fenollosa it stars sessue hayakawa as a young painter who believes that his fiance hayakawas wife tsuru aoki is a princess who has been captured and turned into a dragon. Dragon painter the 1919 1 2 out of 4 at times haunting at times romantic this once thought lost silent film turned out to be one of the crowning gems of its era the film tells the story of tatsu sessue hayakawa a madman who has become known as the dragon painter. The dragon painter was one of the first films to present a japanese aesthetic to an american audience the performances by hayakawa and tsuru aoki are a revelation stephen gong pacific film archive a silent classic seattle news tribune. This feature is not available right now please try again later. The dragon painter is a mesmerizing and tragically moving silent film about the obsessiveness and singlemindedness of artists whose work often requires sacrificeoh and be careful what you ask
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