Don't know when it came back exactly but an old friend has stepped in from the cold:
This was an indispensable resource when I went to college back in the late 1990s/early 2000s. Before LoveHKFilm or Hong Kong Cinemagic, HK films--and many mainstream, non-art Asian films for that matter--were the obscure provenance of zine newsletters (remember those?) and import/bootleg sections at independent brick and mortar video stores/vinyl record shops (remember those?) As someone who grew up with a Chinatown connection, the films weren't that particularly novel or exotic to me but it was damn near impossible getting friends and dates to sit down for a movie when tapes were labeled with squiggly lines with perhaps the letters "A" and "B" demarcating the newest releases, which back in the day, were released split in two as to generate additional revenue (and that included laserdisc releases!)
Besides the Tai Seng tape catalog (which was free if you requested one by mail), it was impossible to have anything written in English about HK films unless you had access to someone putting together a zine or something on "cult" cinema. Anyway, BRNS was there so you pull up a handy English-language review essay in your non-tabbed Netscape browser so your non-Chinese friends could be assuaged they weren't about to watch some underground snuff film from "the Orient" or whatever else they perceived those strange Chinatown dupe tapes to be ("Hey look, this gweilo dude thinks this stuff is great--it's not like you're getting this from Uncle Weng, right?--and he's vouching for the movies... look more pictures of Maggie Cheung!") Also, Brian would post all the lobby cards and tabloid pictorials you didn't have the disposable income at the time to purchase (they're now all on line as dennis lee's site so carefully culls in continuation of Sanny Leung's idol news goodness.)
Also, with new content by Michael Wells now that folks like Yvonne Teh and Tim Youngs no longer post in a non-professional capacity. BRNS, good to have you back on-line. If you're reading this Brian Naas, all you need to do is put the Ng Man-tat for President page back up. Many thanks for resurrecting the site and safe travels ahead.
He's the only one I know of besides me reviewing Hibari Misora films, so I give the site a solid "two thumbs up!"