Eita, Matsuda Ryuhei to get sequel series, “Mahoro Ekimae Tada Benriken”

The movie “Mahoro Ekimae Tada Benriken” is getting a sequel, this time in the form of a television drama series. Eita (29) and Matsuda Ryuhei (28) will return in their starring roles.

The movie, which opened in Japan in April 2011, was based on a Naoki Prize-winning novel by Miura Shion. The story revolves around two former classmates who end up working together as “benriya” (someone available for hire for odd jobs), building a friendship as they take on various jobs together.

The drama series is titled “Mahoro Ekimae Bangaichi” and will be broadcast on TV Tokyo. Omori Tatsushi directed the movie, but the drama series will be handled by One Hitoshi (“Moteki”). Shooting is scheduled to start in April, but TV Tokyo will not air the series until sometime next year.

Ryuhei Matsuda takes lead of “Douki”

Ryuhei Matsuda (27) has finally been given a lead role in a television drama, after having starred in more than a dozen films during his 12-year careeer. He will play a policeman in WOWOW’s drama special "Douki," adapted from a novel by popular writer Bin Konno (55).

Matsuda plays a cop searching for a former colleague (Hirofumi Arai), who joined the police force at the same time but was suddenly given a disciplinary dismissal and is now suspected of being a serial killer.

The screenplay is being written by Yuichi Fukuda ("Tokyo DOGS," "33-pun Tantei") and directed by Yu Irie ("SR: Saitama Rappers"). The supporting cast includes Naoto Takenaka and Chiaki Kuriyama.

"Douki" is scheduled for broadcast on February 20, 2011.