6.2/10
409
13 user 16 critic

The Dragon Painter (1919)

A wild man and genius becomes a master painter's disciple, but loses his divine gift when he finds love.

Writers:

Richard Schayer (scenario) (as E. Richard Schayer), Mary McNeil Fenollosa (based on the novel "The Dragon Painter" by)
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

1 win. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

The Cheat (1915)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A venal, spoiled stockbroker's wife impulsively embezzles $10,000 from the charity she chairs and desperately turns to a Burmese ivory trader to replace the stolen money.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille
Stars: Fannie Ward, Sessue Hayakawa, Jack Dean
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A frail waif, abused by her brutal boxer father in London's seedy Limehouse District, is befriended by a sensitive Chinese immigrant with tragic consequences.

Director: D.W. Griffith
Stars: Lillian Gish, Richard Barthelmess, Donald Crisp
Victory (1919)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Axel Heyst, an uncommitted wanderer, has settled on an island in the South Seas. He takes pity on a troubled young woman, Lena, and gives her refuge on her island. But the piratical Mr. ... See full summary »

Director: Maurice Tourneur
Stars: Jack Holt, Seena Owen, Wallace Beery
The Doll (1919)
Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Because the Baron of Chanterelle wants to preserve his family line, he forces his timid nephew Lancelot to choose one of the village maidens to wed. Lancelot flees to a monastery to escape ... See full summary »

Director: Ernst Lubitsch
Stars: Ossi Oswalda, Hermann Thimig, Victor Janson
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Three Scottish officers, including Sir Archi, murder Sir Arne and his household for a coffin filled with gold. The only survivor is Elsalill, who moves to relatives in Marstrand. There she ... See full summary »

Director: Mauritz Stiller
Stars: Erik Stocklassa, Bror Berger, Richard Lund
The President (1919)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

The judge in a Danish town sees his illegitimate daughter facing a trial for the murder of her newborn child, and is rather sure that she will be sentenced to death. She became pregnant ... See full summary »

Director: Carl Theodor Dreyer
Stars: Richard Christensen, Christian Engelstoft, Hallander Helleman
The Blue Bird (1918)
Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Two peasant children, Mytyl and Tyltyl, are led by Berylune, a fairy, to search for the Blue Bird of Happiness. Berylune gives Tyltyl a cap with a diamond setting, and when Tyltyl turns the... See full summary »

Director: Maurice Tourneur
Stars: Tula Belle, Robin Macdougall, Edwin E. Reed
J'accuse! (1919)
Drama | Horror | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The story of two men, one married, the other the lover of the other's wife, who meet in the trenches of the First World War, and how their tale becomes a microcosm for the horrors of war.

Director: Abel Gance
Stars: Romuald Joubé, Maxime Desjardins, Séverin-Mars
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Susie, a plain young country girl, secretly loves a neighbor boy, William. She believes in him and sacrifices much of her own happiness to promote his own ambitions, all without his ... See full summary »

Director: D.W. Griffith
Stars: Lillian Gish, Robert Harron, Wilbur Higby
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A stranger comes to work at widow Halla's farm. Halla and the stranger fall in love, but when he is revealed as Eyvind, an escaped thief forced into crime by his family's starvation, they ... See full summary »

Director: Victor Sjöström
Stars: Victor Sjöström, Edith Erastoff, John Ekman
Certificate: Passed Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A boy surrounded by violence grows up to become an infamous gangster.

Director: Raoul Walsh
Stars: Rockliffe Fellowes, Anna Q. Nilsson, William Sheer
Hell's Hinges (1916)
Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

In the wayward western town known as Hell's Hinges, a local tough guy is reformed by the faith of a good woman.

Directors: Charles Swickard, William S. Hart, and 1 more credit »
Stars: William S. Hart, Clara Williams, Jack Standing
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Sessue Hayakawa ... Tatsu - the Dragon Painter
Tsuru Aoki ... Ume-Ko
Edward Peil Sr. ... Kano Indara (as Edward Peil)
Toyo Fujita Toyo Fujita ... Undobuchida 'Uchida'
Edit

Storyline

Tatsu is a slightly delusional painter who lives in the wilderness. He spends his days painting nothing but the image of his love, a princess he believes to have been incarnated as a dragon. His work is noticed by a servant of Kano Indara, an aging master painter who has no male heir or disciple to pass his skills to. The servant brings Tatsu to Indara under the belief that Indara can help him find his princess in exchange for allowing Indara to pass his knowledge on to him. Once there, Tatsu is led to believe that Indara's daughter, Ume Ko, is the princess. Tatsu agrees to stay, but now that he has found his love he no longer has the inspiration to paint the masterpieces that he once produced. Ume Ko pretends to kill herself so that Tatsu can once again find inspiration through his sorrow, and once he regains this she reveals herself to him. He has learned that "love must be a slave to art", and they live out the rest of their days together, with Tatsu painting her as he once did. Written by page8701

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

TV-PG
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Release Date:

28 September 1919 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Il pittore dei draghi See more »

Filming Locations:

Coronado, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(2005 release)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Alternate Versions

In March 1988, a preservation and restoration project was started by The National Center for Film and Video at The American Film Institute, in conjunction with The International Museum of Photography at George Eastman House and The Museum of Modern Art. It was completed in 1989. Milestone Film and Video added a music score by Mark Izu in its 50-minute release of 2005, with an extra 3 minutes added for restoration credits and explanatory remarks. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A fantasy tale told in the heart of feudal Japan
13 January 2010 | by pursnicketySee all my reviews

A truly beautiful silent film....Hayakawa is quite extraordinary as madman who believes his wife was stolen by a dragon and that fuels his art.

The standout in this film is the cinematography and art direction although the film was mostly shot in Yosemite Valley California it is completely convincing as Feudal Japan.

This is also 1 of the 1st films for the Hayworth production company which name is a combination of Hayakawa and the director he partnered with William Worthington that sort of thing became more & more common after the Hayworth company started doing well.

Such a unique looking silent film such a beauty to watch


0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 13 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed