Fun Size Review: The Dragon Painter (1919)

Sessue Hayakawa’s sensitive look at the creative process of an eccentric painter is a production of rare beauty. Determined to craft a positive showcase for Japanese culture in Hollywood, Hayakawa and his co-star/wife Tsuru Aoki threw themselves into their roles and the result is a lovely, melancholy film that exceeds its ambitions.

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How does it end? Hover or tap below for a spoiler.

Realizing that Hayakawa puts his love for her above his gifts as a painter, Aoki fakes suicide and only returns when he accepts that his talent comes before all.

If it were a dessert it would be: Sugar Sculpture. A thing of beauty that brings a variety of pleasures.

You can read my full-length review here.

Availability: Released on DVD by Milestone.

6 Replies to “Fun Size Review: The Dragon Painter (1919)”

  1. Thanks for making me aware of this film. I have only seen Sessue Hayakawa in The Cheat, and I thought his performance was very impressive in that—understated, yet powerful.

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