Emerald Cowboy (2003)


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Rare-gem mining is the subject of this docudrama, which profiles a Japanese-American who became indoctrinated into the sometimes life-threatening world of Colombian emerald-hunting. Emerald Cowboy is based on the story of Eishy Hayata, who left a lucrative job in Los Angeles in the 1970s to become an Esmeraldero in the lawless mountain regions of Colombia. There, his battles with rogue thieves, his daring descents into the mines, and his incredible gem finds earned him the name of "The Emerald Cowboy." ~ Michael Hastings, Rovi


Critic Reviews for Emerald Cowboy

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (8)

An egomaniacal self-tribute written and bankrolled by a man with a taste for epic mythologizing.

Oct 22, 2003 | Full Review…

Illuminates a fascinating subculture of Colombia and of global commerce but is saddled with a ham-fisted script and stilted performances.

Oct 10, 2003

Hayata's story in all its myriad implications might well have been better told in documentary form.

Oct 9, 2003 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Though the story is engaging, the writing and acting are as unsophisticated.

Sep 26, 2003 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Having written, co- directed and played the lead in this awkward, ego-driven memoir, Hayata has turned a genuinely compelling life story into an embarrassing vanity production.

Sep 20, 2003 | Rating: 1.5/4

Thanks to the amateurish, spectacularly talent-free quality of its cinematography, direction, writing and acting, Emerald Cowboy is simply impossible to sit through.

Sep 20, 2003 | Rating: 0/4

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