Emerald Cowboy (2003)

Emerald Cowboy
Type Feature Film
MPAA Rating R
Runtime 2hr 4mins.
Genres Drama, Documentary
Keywords N/A
Status Released
US Release Date
Name Credit Credited as Role Id Sort Order
Eva Hayata Co-Producer n/a 170 3000003
Eishy Hayata Executive Producer n/a 174 3000002
Eishy Hayata Screenplay (adaptation) 120778 4000001
Byron Werner Director of Photography n/a 120780 6000001
Joe Kraemer Music n/a 120781 8000001
Andrew Molina Editor n/a 172 7000001
Andrew Molina Producer n/a 3 3000001
Eishy Hayata Director n/a 2 2000002
Luis Velasco Actor Younger Eishy Hayata 1 1000003
Eva Hayata Actor Esmeraldero 1 1000002
Eva Varella Actor Susana 1 1000004
Ricardo Wilke Actor Dave 1 1000005
Andrew Molina Director n/a 2 2000001
Eishy Hayata Actor Himself 1 1000001
Colombia has long been terrorized by the infamous left wing guerilla organizations FARC and ELN. Other groups that threaten national security are privately financed armies of mercenaries, and paramilitaries. The terror is directly linked to money and the country's limited resources--both legal and illegal. The precious Colombian emerald has long been a celebrated gemstone in history by figures like Cleopatra, ancient philosopher Pliny, Shah Jahan, the builder of the Taj Mahal and the Roman Emperor Nero. Esmeralderos are the last of a dying breed; they are rugged treasure hunters who thrive off the harsh Colombian mines. They deal with rough emeralds fresh from the mountains. The story centers upon the dangerous existence of miners who harvest these precious gems--specifically, the rise of one miner in particular, a Japanese businessman from Los Angeles named Eishy Hayata who became a legend in the emerald world and was nicknamed, the Emerald Cowboy. A former Airline engineer, Hayata moved to Colombia in the 70's, and with six guns at his side, fought his way to the top of the emerald industry by 2000.