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 … More

Rating: R (violence, language)
Genre: Documentary, Action & Adventure, Art House & International, Special Interest
Directed By: , ,
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On DVD: Jul 10, 2007
Runtime:
Indican Pictures - Official Site

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Critic Reviews for Emerald Cowboy

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (9)

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

Full Review… | October 22, 2003
L.A. Weekly
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Illuminates a fascinating subculture of Colombia and of global commerce but is saddled with a ham-fisted script and stilted performances.

October 10, 2003
Hollywood Reporter
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Hayata's story in all its myriad implications might well have been better told in documentary form.

Full Review… | October 9, 2003
Los Angeles Times
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Though the story is engaging, the writing and acting are as unsophisticated.

Full Review… | September 26, 2003
Miami Herald
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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.

Full Review… | September 20, 2003
New York Daily News
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Thanks to the amateurish, spectacularly talent-free quality of its cinematography, direction, writing and acting, Emerald Cowboy is simply impossible to sit through.

September 20, 2003
New York Post
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