Emerald Cowboy

2003, Movie, R, 117 mins

Emerald Cowboy
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 ...
Released: 2003 Rated: R Length: 117 mins

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