Emerald Cowboy
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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
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 8%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"An egomaniacal self-tribute written and bankrolled by a man with a taste for epic mythologizing."
‑ Hazel-Dawn Dumpert, L.A. Weekly
"Though the story is engaging, the writing and acting are as unsophisticated."
‑ Marta Barber, Miami Herald
"Leaden and poorly acted."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, San Francisco Examiner
"'Emerald Cowboy' displays its subject's single-minded pursuit of his goal and introduces a fascinating but little known world of corruption."
‑ Donald J. Levit, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"Illuminates a fascinating subculture of Colombia and of global commerce but is saddled with a ham-fisted script and stilted performances."
‑ Sheri Linden, Hollywood Reporter
"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."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"The location camerawork and story are outstanding, but amateurish acting and editing keep this dreamy mess from feeling like a proper movie."
‑ Erich Scholz, Citysearch
"Hayata's story in all its myriad implications might well have been better told in documentary form."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"Thanks to the amateurish, spectacularly talent-free quality of its cinematography, direction, writing and acting, Emerald Cowboy is simply impossible to sit through."
‑ Jonathan Foreman, New York Post
"The acting is weak, largely because many of the performers seem uncomfortable speaking English."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
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