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Chosen (2001)

Not Rated | | Action, Short | 10 May 2001 (World-wide)
The Driver is carrying an East Asian child who has been chosen for a strange rite. He must drive him through a dark night in the city to get to a monk's house, while eluding several U.S. ... See full summary »


Ang Lee


David Carter
1 nomination. See more awards »




Complete credited cast:
Clive Owen ... The Driver
Mason Lee ... Passenger (as Mason C. Lee)
Sonom Gualson Sonom Gualson ... Tugboat Monk
Brian Smyj ... Shadow
Jamie Harris ... Stick
Jeff Jensen Jeff Jensen ... Car 1 Driver
Jarrod Bunch ... Car 1 Passenger (as Jared Bunch)
Artie Malesci Artie Malesci ... Car 2 Driver
Kevin Catucci Kevin Catucci ... Car 2 Passenger
Losang Gyatso Losang Gyatso ... Imposter Monk
Satoru 'Sat' Tsufura ... Real Monk (as Saturo Tsufura)


The Driver is carrying an East Asian child who has been chosen for a strange rite. He must drive him through a dark night in the city to get to a monk's house, while eluding several U.S. cars out to get the child. Written by Bluefire72

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Action | Short


Not Rated

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The young boy is Ang Lee's son. See more »


In the first shot involving the Mercedes and the Chrysler, the passenger of the Mercedes has his coat closed in the door, but in the following shots it isn't there. See more »

Alternate Versions

On the 2002 free DVD version, an alternate, slightly longer version of the movie is added. Several shots during the car chase inside the giant crates are added, a shot of the window being lowered & raised affter the chase, and an extention of the shot with the Driver seeing a Mandarin stature in the house. See more »


Followed by Ticker (2002) See more »

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Crouching-Tiger style choreography meets the finest automobile in the world
22 July 2001 | by bradeeohSee all my reviews

Ang Lee took to the helm for this second movie in the "The Hire" series. If you think his beautiful style of choreography and cinemotography only applies to humans, or if you never thought about it before, take a look at this one, my favorite entry in the series.

The driver is hired to transport a young asian immigrant, who is obviously of some mystical importance, from the docks to a location in the city. Almost immediately after the young passenger straps in to the second-only-to-the-M5 540i 6-speed, the bad guys present themselves and the chase is on.

What follows is truly a ballet on wheels. A whole bunch of clumsy american cars and a "lesser" German car show their deficiencies to the amazing skill and ability of The Driver and his performance machine.

A first for the series occurs in this film when we see The Driver take a role outside of the car, and you'll see that the role that is played adds a depth to the Driver, and the storyline.

On a cool side-note, you'll notice a certain...er... "character"... imprinted on the gift that the young passenger gives to The Driver - this was a subtle reference by Ang Lee that completely put to rest rumors that had been floating around the net, and concretely said to the world - "Yes, I am directing this movie due out in 2003"

take notice.


Overall, though all the other films had great things to offer ("The Star" being absolutely hilarious), this is my favorite. 10/10

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Release Date:

10 May 2001 (World-wide) See more »

Also Known As:

The Hire: Chosen See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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