After last helming 2009’s Red Cliff II, veteran director John Woo returns to the big screen in December with The Crossing. A passion project for Woo who came to Cannes in May to talk up the Beijing Galloping Horse production, it’s been dubbed by local media as the Chinese Titanic. The two-part epic is set during the Chinese Civil War and revolves around three couples from different backgrounds whose lives are affected by the sinking of the steamer Taiping, which led to the deaths of over 1,500 passengers and crew.

The first installment releases in China on December 2 in what is expected to be a banner month for local movies. Part II has a May 2015 date.

Melody Wang, the screenwriter of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Lust, Caution, penned the story. The lead cast includes Zhang Ziyi, Takeshi Kaneshiro (House Of Flying Daggers), Song Hye-kyo (The Grandmaster), Huang Xiao Ming (The Banquet), Tong Dawei (The Flowers Of War) and Japan’s Masami Nagasawa.

There’s no U.S. release yet. In the meantime, check out the trailer above.