Hu Bo

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Hu Bo
Photograph of Hu Bo (1988–2017).jpg
Born(1988-07-20)20 July 1988
Jinan, Shandong, China
Died12 October 2017(2017-10-12) (aged 29)
Beijing, China
Cause of deathSuicide
Alma materBeijing Film Academy
  • Author
  • film director
Years active2014–2017

Hu Bo (Chinese: 胡波; 20 July 1988 – 12 October 2017), also known by his pen name Hu Qian (Chinese: 胡遷), was a Chinese novelist and film director, best known for his only feature film An Elephant Sitting Still (2018), which garnered widespread praise from critics. He died by suicide on 12 October 2017 at the age of 29, soon after he finished that film.[1]

Early life[edit]

Born in 1988 in Jinan, Shandong, China, Hu Bo graduated from Beijing Film Academy with a degree in Film Directing in 2014.[2][3]


Bo's short film Distant Father (2014) won Best Director at the 4th Golden Koala Chinese Film Festival.[2]

His two novels Huge Crack and Bullfrog, were both published in 2017.

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 conflicts over the film with his producers Liu Xuan and Wang Xiaoshuai.[4][5][6][7]


  • Huge Crack (大裂) (2017)
  • Bullfrog (牛蛙) (2017)
  • Farewell to the Faraway (远处的拉莫) (2018)




  1. ^ Shackleton, Liz (15 February 2018). "Rediance picks up Hu Bo's An Elephant Sitting Still (exclusive)". Screen International. Retrieved 12 October 2018.
  2. ^ a b c "AN ELEPHANT SITTING STILL". GAIFF. 14 July 2018. Retrieved 12 October 2018.
  3. ^ "An Elephant Sitting Still". Venice Biennale. 2018. Retrieved 12 October 2018.
  4. ^ "Chinese filmmakers help next-gen features get Berlin Film Festival premieres". SCMP. 15 February 2018. Retrieved 12 October 2018.
  5. ^ "独家调查:青年导演胡波之死". 18 October 2018. Retrieved 16 October 2018.
  6. ^ D'Angelo, Mike (March 5, 2019). "Tragedy looms over the epically depressive debut/swan song An Elephant Sitting Still". The A.V. Club. Archived from the original on March 6, 2019. Retrieved October 17, 2020.
  7. ^ Ehrlich, David (March 8, 2019). "'An Elephant Sitting Still' Review: The First and Last Masterpiece of a Great Filmmaker Gone Too Soon". IndieWire. Archived from the original on March 19, 2019. Retrieved October 17, 2020.

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