Emerald Cowboy
Emerald Cowboy (2003)

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… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: September 19, 2003
DVD Release Date: July 10, 2007
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Hazel-Dawn Dumpert
L.A. Weekly

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

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Marta Barber
Miami Herald

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

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner

Leaden and poorly acted.

Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter

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

Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

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.

Erich Scholz

The location camerawork and story are outstanding, but amateurish acting and editing keep this dreamy mess from feeling like a proper movie.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

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

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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post

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

David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

The acting is weak, largely because many of the performers seem uncomfortable speaking English.

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