The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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Even the greatest of silent film enthusiasts will be hard pressed to recommend it...
For social significance, if not artistic depth, the film deserves a contemporary audience.
This disc offers two silent films of America's first Asian film star, both with memorably melodic musical scores.
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
Hayakawa was like the Asian Valentino of the silent screen
The high concept film is also entertaining.
"The Dragon Painter" is a mesmerizing and tragically moving silent film about the obsessiveness and singlemindedness of artists, whose work often requires sacrifice.(Oh and be careful what you ask for. You might just get it.) Take Kano Indara(Edward Peil), for example. He is nearing the end of his days, wealthy in Tokyo, but sad that he does not have an heir to continue his work and unable to find a worthy successor, despite having a grown daughter, Ume-Ko(Tsuru Aoki). One day, his friend Uchida(Toyo Fujita), a surveyor, has a run in with Tatsu(Sessue Hayakawa), a supremely talented, if possibly mentally unbalanced painter who is convinced that his one true lady love has been trapped in the form of a dragon for the past thousand years and feels compelled to paint her day and night. Kino Indara is impressed with his artwork and invites him to his home, using his daughter as bait.
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!
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