Sessue Hayakawa plays the artist Tatsu - the Dragon Painter
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Tatsu is an artist and hermit who is convinced that his lover has been turned into a Dragon. He spends his time painting pictures in the wilderness of the beautiful scenery, always including an image of his lover as a dragon. His work is brought to the attention of an old master painter who and is very taken with it. The older painter decides he must have Tatsu as his apprentice to pass on his skills to him. He allows his own daughter to pose for Tatsu's paintings as the reincarnation of the dragon. Having found a new love in his new model he no longer feels a passion for painting.