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The trailer for Sandra Oh’s new thriller, ‘Umma’ has dropped

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The trailer for upcoming horror thriller Umma has dropped, starring Sandra Oh. Taking its title from the Korean word for mother, the film tells the story of Amanda, a protective mother who lives on a remote farm with her daughter.

What is the plot of Umma?

The film’s plot centres on the discovery of Amanda’s mother’s remains arriving on the farm from Korea, sending Amanda spiralling into a fear of turning into her own mother. In the trailer for Umma, it becomes clear her peaceful life is turned upside down as the two become haunted by the spirit of her late mother, alongside a nine-tailed fox from Korean folklore known as the Kumiho.

“Some Koreans believe that life’s hardships are caused by the tormented spirits of their ancestors,” Amanda explains to her daughter, saying she did not want her to meet Amanda's Umma. “I remember so much screaming. I didn’t want you to know her.”

What becomes apparent in the trailer is with the ghost haunting the pair, there are still things Amanda has hidden from her daughter and the possibility of Amanda herself becoming an overbearing presence in her daughter’s life is real. You can watch the trailer below.

In Umma, Oh explores the relationship between mothers and daughters, alongside Korean-American families. The directorial debut for Iris K. Shim, it is a reminder that a mother’s love never dies and of the lengths a parent will go to protect their child from harm. It is the first studio horror film written and directed by a Korean-American actress, and is produced by Sam Raimi. Starring alongside Oh in Umma includes Dermot Mulroney, Odeya Rush, MeeWhaa Alana Lee and Tom Yi.

When is the film releasing in Australian theatres?

Umma is slated for release in the United States on March 18, with an Australian release expected not long afterwards.

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