Choo (The Adulterer). 1972. Thailand. Directed by Piak Poster (Somboonsuk Niyomsiri). Screenplay by Chamak. With Manop Asawathep, Wandee Sritrang, Krung Sriwilai. Digital restoration courtesy the Thai Film Archive (Public Organization). International premiere. In Thai; English subtitles. 145 min.
The Thai director Somboonsuk Niyomsiri entered the film business as a painter of the gigantic, colorful promotional murals that once dominated the exteriors of Bangkok movie palaces—an outsized sensibility he continued to nurture as a director, under a pseudonym, Piak Poster, that paid tribute to his former profession. Released in 1972, Choo was his third feature, a steamy love triangle set on a remote island, where a solitary fisherman rescues a young woman from the sea, only to have her lowlife lover turn up with a dastardly plan. The slow-burn sexual suspense plays out against a widescreen background of sun, sea, and tropical foliage. Restored by Thailand’s Film Archive (Public Organization).