Born in 1988 in Jinan, Shandong, China, Hu Bo graduated from Beijing Film Academy with a degree in Film Directing in 2014. His short film Distant Father (2014) won Best Director at the 4th Golden Koala Chinese Film Festival.
His two novels Huge Crack and Bullfrog, both published in 2017, caused a sensation in China.
The production of his first feature An Elephant Sitting Still (2018), based on a story with the same title from his 2017 novel Huge Crack, began in July 2016. He took his own life soon after finishing the film on 12 October 2017 at the age of 29, making it his first and last feature film. According to reports, his death was due to the conflicts with his producers Liu Xuan and Wang Xiaoshuai.