NHK announced on 11 June the addition of three actors i.e. Iseya Yusuke, Koura Kengo and Higashide Masahiro to the cast lineup of its 2015 Taiga "Hana Moyu" starring Inoue Mao. Iseya will play the role of Yoshida Shoin, the elder brother of Fumi (Inoue) who had an important role in the Bakumatsu Restoration. Koura plays Shoin's disciple Takasugi Shinsaku while Higashide plays Fumi's first husband Kusaka Genzui.
Filming will begin in August at Hagi in Yamaguchi Prefecture.