“For the meaning of life differs from man to man, from day to day and from hour to hour. What matters, therefore, is not the meaning of life in general but rather the specific meaning of a person’s life at a given moment.” –Victor E. Frankl
Different people, leading different lives in Hong Kong drop their hectic lifestyles and study martial arts in the Wudang Mountains of China for various reasons. Through this course, they embark on a journey to learn more about life, as well as to remind themselves things they have neglected and failed to address.
Bao Kai Chung (Chin Siu Ho) was an undercover cop following triad leader Ho Cheng Dong (Derek Kwok). He also happened to be dating his sister Ho Cheng Lam (Yoyo Chan). Although Ho Cheng Nam knew what her brother was up to, she also accepted what Bao Kai Chung helped her brother with: illegal matters. One time, during a fight, Ho Ching Nam died after being shot and Ho Cheng Dong lost his memory after a bomb exploded. Bao Kai Chung’s supervisor and handler had betrayed him, leaving him with no choice but to temporarily stay in the Wudang Mountains and wait for Ho Cheng Dong to recover his memory. He regains his practice of taichi and resolves past grudges with Ho Cheng Lam’s best friend Ocean (Tavia Yeung). He remembers his mission as an undercover cop, but at the same time, keeps a watchful eye on Ho Cheng Dong, who is now known as Fan Shu (‘Yam’). Through the Wudang Mountains, he witnesses people resolve issues with each other and learns to cope with loss. He understands to let go of the past and move on to the present.
Ocean (Tavia Yeung) is recruited to go to the Wudang Mountains to persuade the owner to sell it and turn it into an amusement part. The owner happens to be her mother. Ocean has been angry that her mother Mo Yee Shan (Yuen Qiu) left the family to further practice taichi during her teenage years. She holds a grudge against her mother and uses this opportunity to get close to her, while secretly planning to obtain the plot of land. Up in the mountains, she is surprised to see Bao Kai Chung (Chin Siu Ho) there, the boyfriend of her best friend Ho Cheng Lam (Yoyo Chan). She had been trying to find her best friend for months, only to be directed to her voicemail whenever she called her. The last she heard of her was when Ho Cheng Lam informed her she was going to visit Bao Kai Chung there. At first, Bao Kai Chung tells Ocean her best friend has gone missing. She does not believe Bao Kai Chung is a good person. Later, she finds out her best friend had died while being chased. It is not until she finds out that Bao Kia Chung is an undercover cop that she looks at him differently and develops a crush on him. Through the Wudang Mountains, she learns to to cherish those around her. She starts to understand that she cannot only think about herself, and must think of others as well.
Ken (Timmy Hung) was a muay thai boxer in Hong Kong, competing in various contests, knocking out other contestants and usually ends up with physical wounds. With constant nosebleeds, his doctor informed him he had leukemia, and would need to undergo treatment. He was cured and his younger brother Joe (Stanley Cheung) swore to become a doctor when he got older. Flash forward to present day, his cancer recurs, Ken refuses to accept treatment and instead flees to Wudang Mountains, hoping the environment coupled with taichi would help cure him. There, he is very determined and eager to learn the taichi moves. He often says and does things to piss off Charles (Johnathan Cheung), the rich playboy. When Joe, who is now a doctor, goes and tries to persuade Ken to go back to Hong Kong, Ken challenges him to finish off the taichi course. Through the Wudang Moutains, Ken learns to be patient. He understands speed does not mean anything, as to fully understand something requires the process.
Joe (Stanley Cheung) is Ken’s younger brother and a doctor in Hong Kong. After seeing his brother sick when they were younger, he was determined to be a doctor. After finding out his brother’s leukemia recurs, he goes to the Wudang Mountains to bring him back for therapy, but Ken refuses. Instead, he accepts Ken’s challenge to take the entire course of taichi. He stands up for the challenge, carefully monitoring his brother, in case his sickness gets any worst. Joe is very popular among the two females living in the mountains. They try to fight for his attention, while Joe, being the nice guy, tries not to neglect either. Through the Wudang Mountains, Joe learns to accept other’s views. He understands he cannot force treatment on his brother.
Ho Cheng Dong (Derek Kwok) used to be the leader of a triad group, handling illegal matters. His partner in crime, Bao Kai Chung (Chin Siu Ho) is responsible for driving them, being known for his agility and quick determination. When he finds out his beloved sister, Ho Cheng Lam (Yoyo Chan) is dating Bao Kai Chung, he gets furious, but realizes they are really together for love. One time, when his rivals are chasing after him in the Wudang Mountains, he gets caught in the middle of an explosion. He loses his memory and becomes a mentally retarded man, known as Fan Shu (‘Yam’). Not knowing when he will regain his memory, Bao Kai Chung stays with him in the mountains. After he accidentally sets the microwave to explode by heating up a pile of yams, he regains his lost memory. The only thing on his mind is revenge on Bao Kai Chung for the death of his younger sister. He also believes Ocean is the third party in their relationship and plots to seek revenge on her as well. However, all his plans of revenge fails and he ends up being injured. At the end, he turns himself in for his past wrongdoings, maintaining his friendship with Bao Kai Chung. Through the Wudang Mountains, he learns to deal with loss and maintain his temper. He understands he must face consequences for his part wrongdoings and illegal matters.
Charles (Johnathan Cheung) is the only son of a rich businesswoman. Spoiled even as a young kid, he has no respect for others and does not understand the true value of money. Afraid that he might get kidnapped, his mother hires a female bodyguard to protect him. The bodyguard, Yang Ching Hu (Toby Leung) displays a cool and carefree personality, differing from past women who had been together with him for his money in the past. Charles slowly falls for Yang Ching Hu, but she rejects him, telling him she already has a boyfriend. Sad and disappointed, he turns to older women, playing around. It is his family tradition to take the taichi course in the Wudang Mountains. Once he arrives there, he boasts about his wealth, only to be verbally attacked by the other students taking the course. By the end of the course, he successfully courts Yang Ching Hu with his desire to change for the better. Through the Wudang Mountains, he learns that money cannot buy everything, especially love. He understands he is just a nobody without his mother’s wealth and his “friends” in the past only hung out with him because he had the money.
Yang Ching Hu (Toby Leung) is pressured to find a job to feed her parents and eight siblings. With her martial arts background, she is hired to become the bodyguard of Charles, the rich playboy. She hates his personality: showing off his wealth, bragging about his wealth, and treating money as if it was nothing. Charles fires her, after she tells him she has a boyfriend, but Charles’ mother asks her to go with him to the Wudang Mountains to look after him. She agrees, for the sake of money. Learning taichi is not a difficult thing for her, with her strong martial arts background. Up in the mountains, she constantly bickers with Charles, mocking him for his hubris personality. After seeing that she has changed for the better, she accepts his courtship and becomes his girlfriend. Through the Wudang Mountains, she learns to put down the protective barrier she had put up for herself. She understands to allow time to take its course.
Shangri-La Baby (Regen Cheung) is a pseudo-model almost reaching the end of her career. Her mother and manager Chin Yum Yum (Rosanne Lui) tries to put her in shows and events as much as possible, although her popularity is consistently the same. While at a party one night, Shangri-La Baby gets drunk and sleeps with a rich playboy without even knowing it. They start to date, but as soon as he finds out she is pregnant, he throws a rage and calls quits. Her ex-boyfriend’s father, Mr. Chiu, however promises to give her a large sum of money if she hands over the baby after she gives birth. Following her mother’s advice, she agrees to do so. Fearing how others will view her of this situation, her mothers arranges for her to take a taichi course up in the Wudang Mountains, telling the press that she is preparing for an upcoming action film. The other students there suspect her pregnancy, but as she never admitted anything, it is not until Charles (Johnathan Cheung) exposes the secret that everyone gets a confirmation. After they find out, they look after Shangri-La Baby and await for the birth of her child. Everyone is disappointed when they find out she would exchange her baby for money. After much thinking and realization, Shangri-La Baby decides not to hand over her baby to the Chiu family. Through the Wudang Mountains, she learns that she does not necessarily have to live by money. She understands as long as she is happy, that is the life she wants to live.
Mia (Rainky Wai) is the youngest of the students. She was supposed to start school overseas, but after a fight with her parents, she instead takes the train without a destination in mind to the Wudang Mountains. During the argument with her parents, she realized she was not their biological daughter. Her biological mother, Sek Lam (Akina Hong), a very famous actress in Hong Kong gave her up after her birth to focus on her career. Mia feels betrayed because she had always regarded her Sek Lam as an auntie that she could go to for advice, someone she respected. Up in the mountains, when everyone is discussing about Sek Lam’s role in a heartwarming series, she thinks otherwise. After Sek Lam personally goes up to the mountains to seek her, they rekindle their relationship. Sek Lam also promises Mia to disclose she is her daughter after she wins the Best Actress award. Through the Wudang Mountains, Mia learns to listen to the advice of others. She understands that sometimes, things are not what they seem from the top surface.
Chin Yum Yum (Rosanne Lui) is the manager and mother of Shangri-La Baby (Regen Cheung). As a young star, she gave up her career to raise her daughter. She pushed Shangri-La Baby into the entertainment circle, forcing her to take on roles and give up her education. To her, money is everything. After knowing that Mr. Chiu is willing to give HKD 5 million if the child is a girl and HKD 10 million if the child is a boy, she persuades her daughter to not give up on the baby. She arranges for her to stay at the Wudang Mountains, avoiding the press from Hong Kong. Chin Yum Yum looks after her daughter there and tries not to expose the secret out. When Shangri-La Baby gives birth to a girl unexpectedly and early, she reminds her once again that the baby is worth the amount of money that Mr. Chiu had promised. Her daughter reminds her of the mother-daughter bond and she finally agrees to take care of the baby with Shangri-La Baby. Through the Wudang Mountains, she learns family is more important than money. She understands the blood they share cannot be bought with money.