Dead Wrong is a thriller, filled with action and suspense. The deeper he digs into finding out the truth, he regrets so, but to a point where he can only continue to search for the answer he is looking for.
Vincent Wai (Roger Kwok) was held captive in a cave on a remote island in Vietnam during a business trip. During those ten years, he survived by eating live snakes and rats, drinking water droplets from the leaves, and sanding his thick chain on a rock. Upon returning to Hong Kong, he finds his wife Cathy (Joey Meng) has remarried, his family has pronounced him dead three years ago according to Hong Kong law, and he no longer shares half the company with his mentor CK (KK Cheung). Vincent continues to work as a company doctor, helping many enterprises overcome obstacles. But he blames his loss on the person behind who holds responsibility for kidnapping him. As he investigates further and further, he finds that the people closest to him all contributed to his misery. His mentor CK bribed the local works in the Vietnam factory. His brother teamed up with the local loan sharks to steal half the money Cathy was going to use to pay for his ransom. His good friend Max (Vincent Wong) had one opportunity to drive the car into the kidnappers, but instead chickened out, causing him to be taken to the cave. His wife Cathy had asked her old friend from the Vietnamese orphanage to get rid of him. And Cathy’s friend and current husband Lam Ho Yan (Kenny Wong) destroyed any clues that came in their way, preventing him to be found. The deeper Vincent dug, the more he wanted to take revenge.
Cathy Nguyen (Joey Meng) was abandoned at a young age and stayed at an orphanage until her parents adopted her and she migrated overseas. After the death of her adopted parents, she returned to Vietnam and re-encountered her friend Lam Ho Yan (Kenny Wong). Around the same time, she also met Vincent (Roger Kwok) and fell in love with him. They moved to Hong Kong and had an autistic son who required attention. Having received the pictures of Vincent and Ivy (Toby Chan) in bed together, she ranted to an old friend, saying she never wanted to see him again. That friend kidnapped Vincent in Vietnam. Cathy started to regret her words and for the ten years that Vincent was missing, she flew to Vietnam constantly to find his whereabouts. Seven years later, Vincent’s mother and brother persuaded Cathy to pronounce him dead, that way they can obtain his life insurance money and pay off debt. At first reluctant, she gave in at the end. She also married Lam Ho Yan (Kenny Wong) who has stood by her side from day one. After Vincent’s return, she tries to help him stand up again, knowing she caused his misery, causing Lam Ho Yan to be jealous. Although she still loves Vincent, she knows the secret of her indirectly causing him to be kidnapped is in their way. At the end, Vincent agrees to let go of their past and be together again.
Lam Ho Yan (Kenny Wong) grew up in an orphanage in Vietnam with Cathy (Joey Meng). He gave up his only opportunity to be adopted to Cathy instead. After turning 18, he left the orphanage and was forced to become a mercenary, killing numerous people. After re-encountering Cathy, he was going to propose to her, but instead was captured and tortured. Years later, he moved to Hong Kong, knowing Vincent (Roger Kwok) and Cathy married. While Vincent was held captive in Vietnam, Lam Ho Yan accompanied Cathy to Vietnam every time she went, but actually, he went to destroy any clues that would lead to Vincent’s rescue. After Vincent’s family pronounced him dead, Lam Ho Yan asked for Cathy’s hand in marriage and she agreed. When Vincent miraculously returns, Lam Ho Yan acts like a gentleman, letting Cathy help him get back on track. But, he secretly places an app that tracking Cathy’s locations and recording her phone calls. When Cathy suffers a miscarriage, Lam Ho Yan blames it on Vincent and strives to take revenge on him. He ends his own life in Vietnam, not wanting Cathy to kill him in order to end their never ending revenge.
Max Hong (Vincent Wong) grew up in a wealthy family, but was never on good terms with his father. His father paid Vincent (Roger Kwok) every month so that Max could work under him and learn from him. Max saw Vincent as a good friend and mentor. On their business trip to Vietnam, Max was shocked to see the workers’ riot. Unluckily, he was captured along along with Vincent. The two were physically beaten by the kidnappers. Luckily, Max escaped, but was too afraid to drive the car and charge it towards to the kidnapper, losing the only chance to rescue Vincent. After returning to Hong Kong, Max began to engage in dangerous and risk-taking activities. He felt if he put his life in danger, he was returning a part of his guilt to Vincent. Still a company doctor, Max does not get along with Emma (Zoie Tam) because she is under him, but believes she should be his superior. When Vincent returns to Hong Kong ten years later, Max is delighted and helps him in any way possible, while trying to hide his guilt a secret. During a business trip to Vietnam, he realizes Emma has a back story. When they return to Hong Kong, Emma starts to indirectly confess her love for Max. He has feelings for her, but is slow to take action and fails to tell her what he is thinking, and instead tells Tracy (Stephanie Ho). When Vincent overhears him telling Tracy he could have saved him ten years ago, Vincent uses this against Max to continue having him help him to track down Lam Ho Yan (Kenny Wong) to take revenge and show Vincent’s ex-wife Cathy (Joey Meng) how he is really as a person. Max realizes he cannot do illegal things with Vincent just to make himself feel better after Tracy temporarily becomes blind because Max had used her to bait Lam Ho Yan into coming. To make matters worst, Emma dies in a bomb explosion planted by Lam Ho Yan, while trying to save Max from entering, knowing there is a bomb there. Max decides he must team up with Cathy and Queenie (Rebecca Zhu) to stop Vincent from doing anything else to take revenge on Lam Ho Yan.
Emma (Zoie Tam) has a complicated family background. Her father went to Mainland China to look for a wife and had her. Therefore, she stayed in China for her early years of childhood. It was only moving to Hong Kong that she discovered her father was living off welfare. Since her father favored her younger brother, she worked hard to graduate college while working part-time. She works under Max (Vincent Wong) in the company but she dislikes him for his uncaring personality. Facing a near death situation while on a business trip to Vietnam with Max, she starts to admire him and confesses her love for him. But, unlike her, Max wants to take it slowly and refuses to acknowledge her as his girlfriend on one occasion when they coincidentally meet with their parents. Emma is sad that although she is his girlfriend, he never tells her what he is thinking, and instead turns to tell Tracy (Stephanie Ho). When Max is hospitalized, Emma tells Tracy it is not that she is not fighting with her, but rather she knows Tracy can take better care of him. Tragically, Emma dies from a bomb Lam Ho Yan (Kenny Wong) had planted for Vincent (Roger Kwok) at an empty containers lot, while trying to stop Max from being in danger.
Tracy (Stephanie Ho) is the younger cousin of Lam Ho Yan (Kenny Wong). She sees him as an older brother and has great interest in detectives and solving mysteries. She joins his detective company when she follows him back to Hong Kong. She meets Max (Vincent Wong) and Vincent (Roger Kwok). At first she does not get on good terms with them because they are picking on his cousin Lam Ho Yan. However, she later develops a crush on Max. When she finds out that Emma (Zoie Lam) is taking action to show her affection for Max, she does the same, although knowing they do not match physically and she is not his type of girl. She teams up with Max to investigate the person behind Vincent’s kidnapping case ten years ago. On the occasion when Lam Ho Yan challenges Vincent to a deserted factory, she loses her eyesight temporarily by accident. But she continues trying to sort out Vincent and Lam Ho Yan’s ties.
CK Kwan (KK Cheung) was the mentor and friend of Vincent (Roger Kwok). Together, they opened a company to help cooperations to find their problems and propose solutions, otherwise known as company doctors. Ten years ago, he found out that Vincent was going to betray him and open a new company. At the same time, he knew a fellow co-worker that he liked Ivy (Toby Chan) was doing anything so she can to get Vincent, even though she knew Vincent was not going to get a divorce with his wife. CK tricked Vincent to go on a business trip to Vietnam, stating he had to to undergo a heart surgery. CK had paid the local workers there to start a strike, giving more problems to Vincent than he needed. When CK found out Vincent had been kidnapped, he had a heart attack. Ten years later, CK is extremely happy that Vincent is back safe in Hong Kong. He notifies Vincent that he no longer holds half the company as he had to sell shares to keep the company running, but he can still work there. When CK finds Queenie (Rebecca Zhu), the younger sister of Ivy to be attracted to Vincent, he starts to scheme a plan to frame him. CK starts to tell Queenie untruthful things about Vincent and Ivy, as he is attracted to Queenie. When Vincent finds out, he captures CK, thinking he is the mastermind behind his kidnapping. Vincent traps CK in a cave and tortures him, until Max (Vincent Wong) and Tracy (Stephanie Ho) send him to the hospital. CK regrets what he has done to Vincent, but assures him he was not responsible for his kidnapping. He promises Vincent to turn himself to the police.
Queenie Yip (Rebecca Zhu) is the younger sister of Ivy. As Ivy was the only family member she had, after her sister’s death, she suffered from depression but eventually recovered. Like her sister, she also became a company doctor under CK (KK Cheung). After Vincent’s (Roger Kwok) return, she finds him attractive, just as Ivy had ten years ago. CK has good feelings for Queenie but she does not feel the same about him. But when CK defames Vincent, for lying to Ivy, Queenie chooses to believe so and starts to distance herself from Vincent. It is only after CK is captured and hospitalized by Vincent that CK tells her the truth: Ivy would not let go of Vincent and purposely made him drunk to take pictures with him in bed to send to his wife Cathy (Joey Meng). Her sister was the one who would not let go of Vincent, not the other way around! She tries to stop him from taking any more revenge. Queenie forgives Vincent and even confesses her love for him, but she knows he cannot forget Cathy. She encourages him to find her in Vietnam.
Max and Emma were meant to be, bickering from the very beginning, but sadly, fate would not bring them together. I was rooting for them over Max and Tracy the entire time, but Max was very ambiguous and would not take any big steps to clearly state their love.
It’s been a long time since TVB produced such a thrilling and addictive drama, which once again went downhill towards the last quarter of the series, where Vincent (Roger Kwok) went out of his mind and only had revenge on his mind. Vincent Wong showed great improvement, to the good actor he has matured to become and the sparks between the trio: Max (Vincent Wong), Emma (Zoie Tam), and Tracy (Stephanie Ho) is something to talk about: wonderful. Joey Meng lacked to deliver a full performance for her character. Kenny Wong’s classic emotionless face was perfect for his role.