A lurid combination of Madame Butterfly and a natural disaster torn from the headlines, The Wrath of the Gods is mostly notable as an early collaboration between Sessue Hayakawa and Tsuru Aoki.
Sessue Hayakawa, Tsuru Aoki and Frank Borzage star in a Thomas Ince version of Madame Butterfly (but with, like, a happy ending). If you manage to get through this one without throwing something at the screen, you’re a better man than I am, Gunga Din.
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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Sessue Hayakawa headlines a story of art and madness. It’s all about a crazy painter who dreams of finding his princess– and the problems that arise when he finally does win her. Made by Hayakawa’s own production company and co-starring his talented wife, Tsuru Aoki, The Dragon Painter is yet another once-lost silent film that has been rediscovered.