Directed by Friend's Kwak Kyung-taek, Typhoon set a new record in 2005 for the highest production budget in Korean film history at $15 million.
For the next four years, Jang kept a low profile in the Korean entertainment sphere as he worked on his Hollywood debut The Warrior's Way, also starring Kate Bosworth and Geoffrey Rush.
After playing the nice guy in almost all his previous roles, this portrayal of a tough-talking gangster from Busan led him to local stardom.
The following year he starred in the popular action blockbuster 2009 Lost Memories set in a futuristic Great Japan.
The female stars went crazy after this hot performance, and even the noonims called him “Oppa”.