An uncomfortable exercise in auto-hagiography, this odd docudrama is based on the best-selling memoir of the Japanese-born Colombian emerald czar Eishy Hayata, who not only wrote the screenplay but also co-directed. Hayata bootstrapped his way from humble esmeraldero
one of the rugged buyers and sellers of uncut emeralds who ply their trade around the many mile-high mining towns of the Colombian Andes to become the world's largest emerald dealer. He's clearly not the sort of man to let just anyone tell his story, which is too bad for us. An self-congratulatory preface informing viewers just how dangerous the five-month location shoot in Colombia ...