Review: Wax and Wane (TVB, 2011)

Cast: Roger Kwok, Ron Ng, Sunny Chan, Kate Tsui, Toby Leung, Florence Kwok, Derek Kwok, Claire Yiu, Becky Lee, Him Law, Oscar Leung
Length: 30 episodes
Genre: Modern Family/Drama
Producer: Nelson Cheung

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Official Synopsis By TVB

Yung Shing-fun (Lau Siu-ming) and his cousin Man Wing-cheong (Chow Chung) have been at odds for years, over the trade name rights of their family’s noodle shop.

Eugene (Roger Kwok), Fun’s eldest son engages in a property development project in order to solve the problem. Unwillingly, he offers to buy out the location of Cheong’s noodle shop with his company’s shares. He also invites Cheong and his son, Fung (Sunny Chan), to join the company’s management.

Eugene actually has ulterior motives for doing this, as he hates Fung to the core for marrying his girlfriend Ko Wai-ting (Florence Kwok). On top of this, Eugene’s younger brother, Gary (Ron Ng), is going out with Cheong’s second daughter, Peace (Kate Tsui), regardless of his family’s opposition.

Now, Eugene is at his wits’ end as he has to handle his family issues single-handedly. He never understood what family ties really meant, nor had he the courage to try to find it out, until now.

Characters and Performances

Roger Kwok – Ambitious, calm, decisive, but lacking trust in everyone around him, Eugene is clearly the driving force of the series and maybe the only reason why Wax and Wane didn’t fail. As the typical protagonist, he lived up to his ambitious nature, but also strived to keep his family together. My favorite moments of this character is when he gradually begins to open up to the people around him and gaining a new perspective of how relationships work.

Ron Ng – IMO, Gray isn’t a necessary character for the development of the plot. Compared to his brother, Eugene’s maturity, he is still lacking. Furthermore, I wasn’t impressed with Ron’s so-so performance if it was not for his loving relationship with Peace.

Sunny Chan – Characters like Man Ka-Fung are exactly the reason why TVB dramas are not going anywhere. His loudness always results from a need to fight for justice. The reports about Sunny’s character being annoying is understandable and true. Fortunately, the yelling dies down half way through the series when he becomes enlightened.

Kate Tsui – Smart, independent, calm, and gets along with everyone else, Peace is my favorite female character here. I have to admit that Kate’s good-girl characters has never grown on me and many people even claim that they can only view her as a evil, sexy woman. I disagree. The most heart-warming scenes is when she tries to appease Eugene to bring the two families back together.

What distinguishes Peace from Kate’s other good girl roles is that I actually feel she’s a real human, with more than one aspect in life. She is smart and articulate when it comes to her work. With her intelligence and strong personality, she can be independent, but she also choose to be in a healthy relationship with Gray (at least at first they were until distrust kicked in). Finally, she cares for her family as well as her boyfriend’s. For example, when Gray proposed to her, she turned down the proposal initially and expressed that she hoped for the two families to be present at their wedding. When troubles in their relationship surfaced, Gray believed that marriage would erase these issues, which is exemplary of immature thinking.

Finally, am I the only one who was rooting for Kate and Roger as a couple? The compatibility and chemistry between Eugene and Peace is noticeable while that between Gray and Peace is still lacking. I feel that the former couple completes each other. Did you remember what Eugene finds attractive in a woman: independent, decisive, and one who possesses her own dreams?

Toby Leung – TVB really needs to grow up just like Ho Ka-Moon. If it was not for comedic purposes, Ka-Moon’s excessive eating habits are not acceptable by modern-day standards. She would definitely not have as many male pursuers like she did in the series.

Love wise, is it possible for someone like as successful as Roy (Him Law) to finally realize that Ka-Moon is the love of his life? I wish TVB scriptwriters will realize that being friends first doesn’t always turn into a relationship. How many times have we seen that no matter how the male treats the female, the woman will always forgive and give him another chance?

Florence Kwok – I was saddened to see such a beautiful and elegant actress play a ‘see lai.’ And married to someone like Ka-Fung? Wai-Ting found her husband’s responsibility and dedication to his family most attractive. Ironically, Eugene’s (whom she formerly dated) strongest traits were exactly those.

Derek Kwok – This guy never fails to deliver. The only question is why isn’t he promoted?

Claire Yiu – Although I don’t like the actress much, Sau-Ping seemed to be the character with the most contradictions. She loved Wong Hung (Derek Kwok) dearly, but she lied to him about Long-Long being his son.

Becky Lee – Zita wasn’t a prominent character in the series, but I liked that she was always by Eugene’s side to help him. The friendship between Eugene, Peace, and Zita was enjoyable to watch. They were clearly the more clear-headed and mature characters of the series.


There were claims that this series is another version of the Heart of Greed and Moonlight Resonance franchise, but I found this one more watchable with more logical characters. Yes, the constant yelling and drama of Heart was too much for my ears, not to mention my mind wasn’t able to digest to the unnecessarily drama. There will be some emotional-shattering and overly dramatic scenes in the initial episodes, but once the family issues are resolved, the series becomes more enjoyable.

All in all, I also realized that I’m not a fan of family dramas much anymore.


4 thoughts on “Review: Wax and Wane (TVB, 2011)

  1. you’re not the only who like roger and kate. i love them so much, and wanted them to be a couple or at least a kissing scene, but that didnt happen. there’s a bunch of people who prefer roger and kate over ron and kate.


  2. Yeah me too. Initially I thought Kate would end up with Roger. If not for the baby she had with Gary, I really wanna go punch her tummy so she can end up with Roger. You were right in saying that Roger kept Wax and Wane from failing. I thought this drama would be a hit series, if not for the ridiculous ending and other casts and Sunny, so ugly and loud.


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