Disney Plus Korea recently reflected on its impressive achievements in 2023, highlighting the hit series Moving among other accomplishments. This retrospective was part of an open house event held on the afternoon of the 15th, which featured end-of-year briefings on the platform’s key local and global content, as well as an introduction to the “House of Wish” pop-up in celebration of Disney’s 100th anniversary.
Throughout the year, Disney Plus released over 16 Korean original contents, with Moving and Vigilante garnering significant domestic and international attention. Moving especially made waves, claiming the top spot for viewing hours in its first week among Korean originals on both Disney Plus and Hulu in the U.S., with its final episode tripling its viewership from the first week on a global scale. It also stood out as the most-watched local original on Disney Plus globally this year.
According to AMPD Research’s Q3 analysis of South Korea’s online video consumption in 2023, Moving more than doubled Disney Plus’ market share compared to the previous quarter, contributing significantly to its growth.
The recently released The Worst of Evil has been praised for its fast-paced narrative and nuanced character relationships, earning a high score of 8.6 on IMDb, the highest among this year’s global OTT Korean original series. Vigilante has also seen success, topping the most-watched series list last month not only in Korea but also in key Asia-Pacific regions including Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, and the Philippines. It has further cemented the reputation of Disney Plus Korean originals by being nominated for major awards.
Moreover, Moving has achieved significant recognition in major film festivals, winning two awards at the Grand Bell Awards and six awards at the Asia Contents & Global OTT Awards. It was also nominated for the Best Foreign Language Drama category at the Critics Choice Awards in the U.S.
Looking ahead to 2024, Disney Plus is set to release several exciting contents, including A Shop for Killers, starring Lee Dong Wook and Kim Hye Jun, scheduled for January 17th, and the original documentary series BTS Monuments: Beyond the Star, set for January 20th.